We are John & Maureen Glen, both 64 years old and have been married for 44 years; we have lived, worked and kept each other company for most of that time. I started my career with the Army Catering Corps as a boy soldier I was fifteen.
For over 10 years we worked for Lord and Lady Hanson here in the UK at Their town house in London and country cottage in Berkshire and in Palm Springs, California I was Chef & Butler and Maureen was Senior Housekeeper.
I suppose you could say that I can cook a little and know something about wines, etiquette, Butler’s & Chef’s tips and tricks. And Maureen knows just as much (If Not more).
We are now growing a few herbs, salads, tomatoes, radish and spring onions on our little balcony and want to let you know how we are doing!
We also want to let you know about the Butlers and Housekeeper’s tips and tricks we learnt along the way.
The food and recipes we like
We like so many cuisines it is somewhat easier to select just one that we couldn’t live without, but if I have to it would be seafood, I can’t speak for Maureen she does like her meat though.
When working in country house hotels I specialised in seafood and game and Maureen was always at the front of house, we have been very lucky to have worked in some of the most stunning parts of the United Kingdom.
The cuisines of China are among our favourites as are the regional foods of Lancashire and Yorkshire. We like the cuisines of Europe especially the foods from the Mediterranean in fact as with many things it would be easier to list what we don’t like.
For Lord Hanson‘s 70th birthday in Palm Springs I cooked (believe it or not) Lancashire Hotpot for about 50 guests which included Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Kirk Douglas and so many more, and every time a dinner party was coming up everyone asked for it.
Our cooking inspiration comes from Chefs such as; Albert & Michelle Roux they taught me so much at La Gavroche, from the UK comes Rick Stein, Elizabeth David, and Brian Cotterill, from Europe my heroes are Paul Bocuse, and Pierre Gagnaire, and from the USA there James Beard, Paul Prudhomme, and Martin Yan, Tim Cushman, Thomas Keller and Sue Zemanick