The Fruit and Veg Interview with Juan Arbelaez When and where were you born? I was born in Bogota on 18 January 1988
so that’s 31 years ago What do you do? I am a chef, and restaurant-owner because I own six restaurants in Paris and its outskirts What is the fruit or vegetable that reminds you of childhood? The fruit that reminds me of my childhood is mango, and especially the pit I loved to bite on the pit, have juice all over my hands and the filaments stuck between my teeth What is the fruit or vegetable that you hated as a child but love now that you’re cooking it? The fruit I hated the most was papaya I thought it smelled like vomit but now with some lime juice I find it delicious What is your go to fruit or vegetable when you are too lazy to cook? I love pumpkin
It’s a vegetable that you put in the oven at 220°C for 45 minutes
then you mix it in the blender with some olive oil and you have a fantastic soup What are your staple fruit and vegetables? In my kitchen I always have
ginger, lime and always a mango How do you take on the #400gChallenge? For me it’s easy to take on the #400gChallenge by eating soups I probably eat 4 or 5 a week and that’s how I eat a lot of fruit and veg Can you share a tip with our followers to take on the #400gChallenge? My advice to take on the 400gChallenge
is to already start at breakfast fruits are very important: banana, mandarine, fresh orange juice, and for dinner a soup, that’s perfect Before we leave you, can you give us an easy and quick recipe? An easy recipe: it’s winter
so I’d go for soup, because I love them Raw vegetables work too You can have them with some tarama, yoghurt or olive oil Otherwise a wok with sautéed vegetables, deglazed with some soy sauce and sesame oil I love it!