Jeremy Lee, chef proprietor, Quo Vadis

Written by Louise Sansom

How does one of the most affable chefs and cookbook authors on the UK’s food scene come up with his ideas?

Jeremy Lee is chef-proprietor of revered Soho institution, Quo Vadis, where he’s known for his effervescent hospitality style, his distinct way with words, and that smoked eel sandwich. His cookbook, ‘Cooking: Simply and Well for One or Many’ has quickly become an instant classic.

In this edition of ‘30 Seconds With…’ – where we speak to pioneers, innovators and raconteurs at the beating heart of the country’s culinary community – Jeremy gives us a glimpse into the foundations of his love of food.

Start the clock.


Where did your passion for food come from?

My love of food comes from lucking out having parents who loved to eat as well as cook and share their love of good things ensuring such was buried deep in their children.

How do you come up with the ideas for your books?

I think the move towards respect and curiosity in where our food comes from, how it is produced, and how much better we are for eating well is endlessly fascinating.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am in the thrall of a recently reopened Quo Vadis which has me happily tethered to the kitchen while trying to tap away at a typewriter writing a book. The food community never really stops working. Such fun.


Cooking: Simply and Well for One or Many

Quo Vadis, Soho

Smoked Eel Sandwich



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