A MALE amateur chef is delighted with himself after obtaining all the five herbs and spices that exist.
Joe Turner, 36, who describes himself as a ‘self-taught culinary wizard’, went on a mission to collect all the rarest and most interesting ingredients from around the world.
Turner said: “I got into cooking during lockdown and I was a total natural. Early on I realised herbs and spices make food taste better. It’s a chef’s trick of the trade not many people know about.
“Before long I ended up collecting every herb and spice known to man. Basil, rosemary, really obscure ones like garlic granules. And that’s not including salt and pepper. It was a lot easier than I thought, to be honest – but then I do have a chef’s mind.
“You wouldn’t believe the look on people’s faces when I tell them I’ve got exotic ones like paprika. They probably think I’m mad or making the whole thing up.”
Turner has now installed an impressive single-shelved spice rack in his kitchen to showcase his seasonings.
He added: “There are so many exciting, exotic dishes I can cook at home now, like spag bol. The gastronomic world is my oyster, although obviously you can’t eat those.”