Penzance restaurant takes on new head chef…
Frank and Wendy Darmanin took over 35 on Market Street in December 2012, and have since been busy as bees sourcing the best Cornish produce to serve up to their customers. Their newly appointed head chef Nick Visser brings with him a varied culinary repertoire; he hails from Africa, and began his career cooking for the African army before heading off to work in a variety of English kitchens – most recently at Assay House in Penzance.
Nick’s diverse background is reflected in his new menus at 35. These will feature new and exciting dishes influenced by global flavours, with every element made by Nick using local ingredients – including fresh bread.
He says: ‘I will be bringing an international flair to the menu at 35 and breaking with convention, turning dishes inside out – literally. For example, our burger will be packed with bacon and cheese on the inside, making for a taste explosion when people bite into them.’
‘My love of cooking started at a young age with my nan in Kathu, amidst the smells of fresh biscuits and bread. After travelling with the army, I achieved professional chef status in 2004 before working in restaurants in Dorset and Warwickshire. I came to Cornwall looking for the perfect pastry, chasing my dreams for my career and meeting my fiancée. Having been inspired by many local chefs, I’m excited about what I can achieve at 35.’
Frank and Wendy are positive about what the future holds for 35 too. Wendy states: ‘Nick has been with us for less than a week and already people are booking tables to come and find out what all the excitement is about. We’re sure they won’t be disappointed!’