MY TASTES: ELIZA DOLBY - CHEF, THE RIVER CAFE
My Tastes is a chance to touch base with other female voices in the food industry and hear what they’re eating, drinking and thinking. This month we caught up with Eliza dolbey, a chef at the River Cafe, and previously Moro. Diving into her journey into food and why Baja Fish Tacos make her mouth water!
Earliest food memory?
Granny’s shepherd’s pie. It’s not particularly refined but it tasted so good. We would all unite round her table on a Sunday and it taught me what cooking and eating together can feel like.
The River Cafe is obviously an amazing example of a female led team, which other women have influenced you?
I worked at supper clubs to begin with and a Vietnamese chef called Uyen Luu taught me a huge amount . She hosts incredible supper clubs from her home in Hackney. I loved watching strangers, united by a love of Pho, eating dinner round her table. I would seriously recommend an evening there!
If you started on your own, what would you do?
I have an obsession with the Towpath Café in East London. If I could replicate that in West London, that would be my dream. British seasonal produce in a super relaxed setting, that’s the winning formula.
What advice do you wish you had been given as a young woman starting out?
I think finding yourself a female mentor in the industry is essential. Kitchens are about teamwork and support, but they’re gruelling places to work too, having a realistic idea of this has definitely helped me alot.
What do you love the most about the job that you do?
Working at the River Cafe, we’re like an extended family. So finishing a busy shift and then sitting down to staff food with all my colleagues and just reflecting on our day always feels pretty special.
Baja Fish tacos. Everytime. If you’re ever in Mexico go to a shack called Barba Negra, Isla Holbox. Best Baja Fish tacos ever!
Best Dinner in London?
Hard question, but I love Sabor, Heddon Street.
The best coffee in London?
Amoret, Hammersmith no contest!
Eliza is a chef at the River Cafe in Battersea: https://rivercafe.co.uk/