Gangster of the Month | November

By Sarah Napier

Gangster of the Month | November

Edwin is his name. Connecting through food is his game.

Before founding Food Creativ in Amsterdam, Ed trained with some of the best chefs in the world. Rock star experience aside, his Mum’s lessons are the ones that have had the biggest impact on his approach to cooking.

“My mum always taught us: when you give people your food, you give a little of yourself”

Ed grew up in a family with a strong female figurehead, where feeding time was always a social event. His Mum didn’t mess around in matters of food – she taught him the skills to cook a delicious and nutritious meal for himself, and the joy of sharing that meal with the people around him.

Cooking from the heart for your homies… it doesn’t get much more gangster than that!

These days, when Ed’s not feeding fashion’s most fabulous or serving up a stunning three-course brunch at a secret Amsterdam location, you’ll find him chillin’ at Kitchen Republic, a creative hub for some of Amsterdam’s coolest food startups (including yours truly… cough cough). This is where we caught up with the young chef and here’s what he had to say when we turned up the heat with our quick-fire questions:

Tea or coffee

Coffee. Espresso.

Granola from the bowl or straight from the bag?

First I stick my hand in the bag for a little taste, then I add it into the bowl. So both.

What would your ultimate granola bowl contain?

Grits, passion fruit, mango, banana… and G!

What would we find in your fridge?

There’s always citrus: lemons, orange and limes to flavour everything up.

Sweet or savoury?

Savoury, definitely.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Basically nothing, but the important thing is breakfast.

Any morning rituals?

Meditation followed by a good shower.

Earliest food memory?

Boemboe soto (a.k.a. soto ayam, indonesian chicken noodle soup) from my grandma. Good memories. Good food.

Who or what, apart from your Mum, inspires you?

People who are real, authentic. Authenticity inspires me no matter what field it’s in.

What makes you a gangster?

I’m doing my own thing and I’m not afraid of outside opinions. I just live my life.

Cooking is, and always has been, an intimate experience for Edwin. Because he’s such a sharing, caring individual, he has created this recipe for a southern-inspired corn porridge bowl for us to share with you, dear gangster. You can practically feel the warm hug in this bowl of spiced gritty goodness.

Words of wisdom from a true food creative:

"… respect what mother nature has to offer; use the skills, techniques and experiences life gives you; be creative with ingredients; learn new things, it’s a fun journey!"

And, speaking of technique…

Top 5 ingredients (and how to use them):

1. Citrus (lemon, orange, lime): zest it / squeeze it
2. Ginger root: peel it / mince it
3. Galangal root: freeze it / grate it
4. Fresh herbs: chop it / sprinkle it
5. Garlic: ferment it / roast it

Keep a steady gaze on Food Creativ’s social media (@esfoodcreativ) and event calendar – they’ve got some doozies coming up. Word on a new edition of The Morning breakfast is about to drop, and there is also chat of a new project launching in April 2018 – think northern France, castle, lake, connecting over food, sharing experiences and new ideas… Righto, see you in Gangsters Paradise!