Aaron Trotter is our Director of Business Operations & Strategy. He started with Fine Food Specialist in 2013 and his background is in high-end food retail. With great attention to detail and a constant smile, he manages the day-to-day running and growth of the company.
What is your favourite food memory from childhood?
When I was a child I loathed minced beef. Any dish with it in that my mum served was immediately taken as a personal attack. One day I decided that rather than eat my spaghetti bolognese I would conceal it under my dad’s computer, which was kept in the dining room at the time. My favourite memory is of the moment when my dad found it over a week later.
Where was your best holiday and what was the best thing you ate?
It’s a toss-up between two holidays so I’m just going to say both of them. In 2014 I went to Gozo, a Maltese island, with my boyfriend’s family who are all Gozotan descendants. The best thing I ate there was some locally made rabbit sausages at a barbecue with some of their cousins. The other dish was a Thai red curry I was served by a cute old Thai couple in a little restaurant filled with creepy children’s toys in Bangkok. It was very spicy but that just made it even more flavoursome and gave me a challenge.
If you had to choose three ingredients to make something epic what would they be? And what would you make?
I would choose chia seeds, almond milk and cacao powder to make a raw chocolate chia seed pudding. Do you have a favourite food quote? “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world” – JRR Tolkien
What would be your last meal?
A plethora of Camembert and some garlic focaccia bread for dipping.
What three things make you happy?
Food, sunshine, wine, tequila, my boyfriend, good company, a good book, wine, roasted marshmallows, cats, salmon, cheese and wine. Oh, that's more than three.
Do you have a favourite food blog?
I don’t particularly have a blog of note any more. I feel as if a lot of blogs that I once liked have commercialised and begun to withhold a lot of information in favour of convincing people to buy their recipe books, which is not a bad thing, but it’s left a blog-shaped hole in my life.
What food could you simply not live without?
Garlic and honey.