Craig James is the chef-patron of Brasserie James in London and a passionate advocate of seasonal, quality British produce. Now 32 years old, James was awarded a prestigious Acorn industry award in 2006 and is the former Head Chef at Quaglinos. Brasserie James opened in 2008- proving a perfect upscale eaterie for local diners.
Claiming his food hero as Rick Stein, his favourite restaurant meal as Amaya's tasting menu, and the Repertoire de la Cuisine cookbook as his bible, James is clearly a man of wide experience and varied culinary tastes. Here he shares his top 5 foodie destinations exclusively with Foodtripper.
Alsace for the great Riesling and classic choucroute garni.
I love New York for its fantastic choice of restaurants and I particularly love the atmosphere at Balthazar- it will be interesting to see what happens when they open their doors in London.
Rungis Market outside Paris for an early morning stroll and a typical French breakfast in one of the rustic cafes on the market.
Borough Market, for the brilliant supplies, followed by tapas at Brindisa.
Scotland - You can't find better shortbread or haggis anywhere else in the world.