The cooks cook The cook talks about the woman who inspired him Rose Gray of the River Cafe and the dish that gave him his big break
Rotolo is a Tuscan dish, involving homemade sheet pasta, greens( spinach, stinging nettles, borage ), ricotta, parmesan and porcini, all rolled up and baked in tomato sauce, then sliced and served with sage butter. When you cut through the rotolo, you get a whirls of the pasta, a vortex of the green, bomb of the white cheese and, in the middle, that beautiful mushroom cooked so it’s tender and intense and meaty and creamy.
It’s not as complicated as it sounds, but it is unusual, which entails people like to look at it. And that’s what I was cooking when Christmas at the River Cafe was filmed 23 years ago. It’s the only reason I got detected and aimed up on Tv. It’s how I got to where I am today.