Eyre, David (2 of 10). Food: From Source to Salespoint

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  • Subjects

    Chefs; Restaurateurs; European cuisine

  • Recording date

    2011-03-18, 2011-03-30, 2011-06-21, 2011-09-28

  • Recording locations

    British Library, London

  • Interviewees

    Eyre, David, 1961- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Dillon, Niamh (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Describes his mother – her character: DE influences from his mother – her hospitality, her “otherness’. [00:02:01] Her domestic abilities: her culinary skills, her abilities to get on with anyone. [00:05:14] Describes the ways in which she was a “terrific mum”. [00:09:24] Story about his mother taking in a young boy as an orphan. [00:11:43] Story about his mother at a New Year’s Eve party: her character and tenacity. [00:14:34] Describes his parents’ values: the value they placed on education, DE talks about the influence of his parents’ on him: his mother gave him an interest in food, and both his parents’ encouraged him to do the best he could [00:19:30]. DE explains how his parents’ lost their pension in their late 50s. DE view of ambition – the family’s attitude to food. [00:27:32] Anecdote about a customer in his restaurant over-ordering food. DE dislike of littering. [00:30:29] DE mentions his older brother Robert: the six year age difference. Robert’s love of music. [00:32:34] DE mentions his sister and he spent more time with her as a child. How they came to work together at Eyre Brothers in 2000: Robert’s skills with people. Robert’s decision to leave the restaurant and move close to their mother. [00:36:18] His extensive knowledge of music, interest in horticulture, painting, describes his brother’s character. Names of his siblings; Robert and Susan. [00:39:08] How they all got on together; anecdote about having a row with his brother at Eyre Brothers. DE’s siblings interest in food.

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