Gavin Forman

Local chef Gavin Forman discusses tips and techniques you can use to make your next trip into the kitchen spectucular.

With over 20 years of professional cooking, Gav certainly has some knowledge that will help anyone in the kitchen.

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Gavin started his career as an apprentice working in some of Ireland’s leading restaurants, including La Stampa (a unique hotel located in the heart of Dublin city centre).  He gained his professional qualifications at the City and Guilds of London Institute, the leading provider of vocational qualifications in the United Kingdom.

A major highlight of Gavin’s career was his three year appointment as Head Chef of the Newcastle Club – a very old institution of Newcastle’s business community, offering an exceptionally high standard of dining and old-fashioned traditions of service, courtesy, comfort and charm.

Sumac spices Tuna Filet (GF)

Served with roasted capsicum, lentil, pickled fennel, broccoli, and tomato caper sauce (Serves 2)

Preparation Method

Roasted capsicum:

Roast red capsicum 20 minutes at 180 degrees, seasoned with salt and pepper. After it is cooked let it cool down and eel the skin of the capsicum.

Green lentils:

Boil lentils about 15 minutes or until cooked.

Pickled fennel:

Shave the fennel and put into pickling liquid

Liquid: 1 litre water
200ml vinegar
50g sugar
1 tblspn mustard seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds

Mix all together and boil.  Add fennel and let it cool down.


Blanch the broccoli 2 minutes

Tomato caper sauce:

500g crushed tomato
50g capers
1 onion
20g sugar
10g salt
20g basil

Add everything except the basil, cook 30 minutes.  Add basil and blend.

For the final preparation:

Grill the tuna about 1 minute each side, let it rest. Add sumac spices.
Add olive oil to a pan, add roasted capsicum. Lentils and blanched broccoli seasoned with salt, pepper and ½ teaspoon garlic, sauteed.

Warm the sauce, add soft butter, and combine slowly. 

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

4 ingredients only 
1/2  lemon juice
1/2 white sugar
1/4  diced butter
3 eggs

Whisk eggs lemon and sugar together. Add to a thick bottomed pot On a medium heat, add the butter continuously whisking until thick. Should coat the spoon. Chill for 8 hours.

Serve and enjoy 

The Beloved Pumpkin Soup

1 onion
1 leek
1 peeled potato
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1kg peeled jap pumpkin
1 carrot
1 Lt chicken stock

Rough chop potato, carrot, pumpkin, onion and leek. Sautée in a large pot until the onion softens. Stir through nutmeg and cumin. Add stock and bring to the boil. Allow to smimmer until all the vegetables are soft. Blend, season and serve. Enjoy