What's Cookin' Cayman - Interview with Chef Andrea Turco


Candid Q&A's from one of Cayman's most 'colourful' chefs


Chef Andrea Turco
Edoardo's

What is the most overrated ingredient?
Different kinds of stock are overrated.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a professional chef and what was the first dish you learned to cook?
From 5 years old I developed an interest in cooking asking my Mom to take me to the local restaurants to see how the chefs were operation in the kitchen. By 8 years old I was already helping my mom in the kitchen, and by 10 I was cooking full meals for my family at home. The first dish I learnt to cook was pasta of all kinds with different sauces.

If you had your own cooking show, what would you call it?
“Pasta e Basta” which means “Pasta...and that’s it!”

What’s your favourite late-night snack?
If I am at home I like to make a quick and simple pasta dish with whatever I have available in the kitchen. Being Italian we can never get enough of our pasta!!!

At what age did you know you wanted to be a professional chef and what was the first dish you learned to cook?
From 5 years old I developed an interest in cooking asking my Mom to take me to the local restaurants to see how the chefs were operation in the kitchen. By 8 years old I was already helping my mom in the kitchen, and by 10 I was cooking full meals for my family at home. The first dish I learnt to cook was pasta of all kinds with different sauces.

What is your most humorous chef moment?
I can write a book about funny moments in the kitchen, but one in particular that sticks out was making truffle balls but filling the centre with wasabi instead of chocolate, then handing them out to the wait staff as a little present!

What are your thoughts on GMO and organic produce?
GMO is a serious problem as it is tampering with the DNA of the food. There is a direct correlation with how more GMO products are causing people to become more and more intolerant to different foods e.g. gluten, lactose etc. There is no denying that organic produce has a much better flavour composition; is a better quality product and is much healthier for you!

Have you ever cooked for anyone famous and if so, who?
I once cooked a meal for Gianluigi Buffon in Portofino; he has been Italy’s best goal keeper for a long time now.