HOW DID IT ALL START?
“I grew up in a vegetable garden, pulling our food out of the ground, ran away on boats. As soon as uni was over I had a vision to get into food from the middle of the ocean.
Bought an old ice cream van on eBay and turned it into the UK’s first ever choc-mobile – which is where I met Nichola, borrowing milk from Healthy Yummies, our neighbours at Camp Festival. From Choc Star I started eat.st, gathering a motley crew of food traders along with me – including magic Nichola – and then KERB, 10 years ago with the mission of Making London Taste Better. We run markets, cater events, put on parties, and have our own food hall now – Seven Dials Market.
I moved to New Orleans 5 years ago – the groove made me do it! Got drunk on music, hunted for treasure and ate ate ate…
Now back in Blighty and hungry to find what’s emerging that is innovative, tasty and fresh in food.”
We thought it’d be fun to do a little Q&A with Petra so here goes:
BEST MOVIE SCENE EVER
“Dan Aykroyd dressed as Santa in ‘Trading Places’, gets drunk and mad, steals a side of smoked salmon from the Duke’s party and then tries to eat it through his horrendous nylon beard on the bus home. So fabulously grim.”
ONE OF YOUR MOST LOVED SOUNDTRACKS
“‘The Apostle’ with Robert Duvall – moves me!”
“Warm pain au chocolate from Du Pain et Des Idées with a bowl of hot chocolate to dip it in.”
“I’ve given up guilt – this Catholic girl says just gimme the pleasure ; )”
WHAT DO YOU LOVE TO COOK?
“Rigatoni a la Amatriciana – very spicy, really good guanciale, rich tomato sumo and loads of pecorino shaved on top.”
So that concludes our Q&A with Petra – now let’s get to the music.
This month Petra is kicking off our December Spotify Playlist with this…
‘FULL BODIED – DEC 22 – BY PETRA BARRAN’
“It’s winter, yall and though it’s cold, here to warm you up and raise your vibration is a big jolt of 🎼🥁🎺JUICE. Heavy influences from the Caribbean Gulf – Deep South, Mexico, Jamaica, big dip into New Orleans – and all with a twist of those glorious syncopated sounds rippling over from West Africa 💫”
Have a listen, like and follow, and please share these beautiful vibes.