Five minutes with Gisela Fernandez Moles

Gisela Fernandez Moles is the protégée of Barrafina‘s Nieves Barragán Mohacho and head chef at her latest Spanish venture, Sabor in central London.

Gisela is a rising star in the world of gastronomy and attended The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna in Bilbao, to seek inspiration and dream for the future.

S.Pellegrino were at the event and told us they’d love to ‘give birth’ to the next best young female chef. And we wonder if it could be her…!

We caught up with Gisela.

Five minutes with Gisela Fernandez Moles

1. What’s your first memory of food?
When I was a little girl the whole family used to go for Christmas at my grandma’s house. I remember it was one of the best moments of the year – I enjoyed all the dishes that she prepared for us; Galician empanada or stuffed turkey with prunes and mushrooms and an amazing gravy. But the protagonist of the night, apart from my grandma, was the starter, a warm soup called Carn d’olla, which translates into meat from the pot. It’s a very traditional Christmas dish from my hometown, Barcelona.

2. What’s the first recipe you learned to cook?
One dish that I used to cook at least once per week was penne pasta with ragú. Every time I would add something different to make it better.

sausage ragu pasta topped with cheese image

3. What’s the recipe you can’t live without?
A good seafood fideuá with a bit of aioli sauce. We cook it in a paella pan, but instead of rice we use short noodles. Very tasty.

4. What’s the one ingredient you’d take on a desert island with you?
Probably rice. It has infinite ways to cook it – from savoury to sweet, from vegetables to fish… It goes with everything.

steamed rice image

5. What’s the meal you’d miss the most?
For me, dinner is the best meal of the day. It’s when you’re most relaxed and ready to enjoy a good dish.

6. You can have a one-off dinner party on your island… Who would you invite?
First of all, my boyfriend, of course. Plus my family and closest friends. I would also like to invite the Foo Fighters because they’re just so cool.

image of the foo fighters

7. Which cookbook would you take with you, to the desert island?
One of my favourites is Nopi: The Cookbook. I love its simple but flavoursome recipes. And it’s very healthy, too.

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