Sometimes you meet a person and feel an instant connection, an affinity coming from a mutual understanding, a comfortable warmth that normally takes many years to cultivate but exists immediately. In my experience this is a rare occurrence and when it happens it is truly special.
I was fortunate to meet Oded recently and we collaborated on a couple of ideas together. He used some of my products in the shop and I buy his roasted tomatoes whenever I am passing as I just can’t make them the same at home no matter how hard I try. His knowledge of food was vast and he was always so willing to share ideas and yet he still wanted to learn new things every day. He epitomised humility – a quality that is rarely found in chefs and is a sign of somebody who is secure in their own ability.
Unfortunately he is no longer with us. His quick smile, his kindness, his sage advice, his wonderful sense of humour are all consigned to the memory bank and thankfully his legacy will live on in his numerous books for future generations. The pic above was taken on my way home after seeing him for the last time to say goodbye.
Travel safely my friend – we miss you.