About Max

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Max holding some bread, croissants and cinnamon rolls that he baked

My story

Born and bred in London, I’ve spent most of my life living in the UK. Love brought me to the decision to move transatlantic. Now my wife and I are living happily in Toronto, Canada.

For the last 14 years, the majority of my career has had a food and drink focus. I started working in hospitality managing busy westend bars and restaurants. Later I move into FMCG for a boutique spirits distributor, in drinks logistics for a wine & spirit wholesaler, and to then transition to work for one of the largest global brewers working closely with venues throughout London. This has helped nurture both extensive knowledge in food and drink along with a love of wine / beer pairing. Along this journey, I completed WSET qualifications and received coaching from certified beer sommeliers.

I come from a family of foodies. My mother and grandmother wrote two cookbooks together that were both published when I was growing up. From an early age, my mother was teaching me how to make simple dishes and basic cooking techniques. Every year she gives me a different cookbook for my birthday and as a Christmas present to expand my knowledge or to encourage me to experiment with other flavours or cuisines.

My father drove my passion for curry and spice. He had a few favourite recipes and restaurants that were a regular feature. He would often experiment with his Madhur Jaffrey Curry Bible trying out new flavour combinations and is now working his way through some of the wonderful recipes in the Dishoom cookbook. 

My grandfather would often dine at exceptional restaurants across London, and if I was lucky, I'd be invited to join. He'd also be a driving force for large family gatherings which inevitably revolved around a huge family meal often finished with his favourite pudding: Mum's Lemon Meringue Pie.

A regular host to multi course dinner parties and barbecues, friends and family over the years have encouraged me to develop a food blog, YouTube channel, or some other food venture however it has always seemed like a dauntingly large task to start while working full time.

Since my transatlantic move, and the current global pandemic’s slowdown of everything, my wife has posted more and more of my cooking on her social media: resulting in her followers asking her for recipes. With all this extra time on my hands, and further encouragement from friends, I have a new drive to share my love and passion for delicious food and beverage concoctions.
Max giving his wife a piggy back in Richmond Park

My kitchen always has something on the go. If I’m not in there cooking up a storm, there’s usually some sourdough fermenting on the bench or ice cream thickening while it churns and cools away. All the divine wafts that accompany my munch usually come hand in hand with tunes pumping out of the kitchen (much to my wife’s pleasure or agony depending on the genre).

While competent and extremely capable in most cooking techniques and styles, I am no culinary messiah and am always looking to improve my skills and knowledge (I currently have brewing firmly targeted in my sights). I hope you enjoy joining my culinary journey as I share with you what delicious delights I’m cooking and my adventures into discovering new knowledge and skills on Max Makes Munch.

I'd like to thank my beautiful wife for her encouragement and support while getting this website online during these trying times we are living through. I couldn't have done it without her.

My most popular recipes:

Asparagus & Pistachio Risotto
Asparagus & Pistachio Risotto
My wife is a pistachio fiend. If I leave a bowl on the side and turn my back, the bowl will be empty by the time I turn back around. It seemed only...
Avocado & Asparagus Miso Salad
Avocado & Asparagus Miso Salad
A good dressing can absolutely transform any salad to greatness. It is the fundimental flavour maker and can often be the binder to disjointed...
Lemon Meringue Ice Cream
Lemon Meringue Ice Cream
A summery twist of one of my all time favourite deserts: Lemon Meringue Pie. The tart sour lemon curd combined with sweet and crispy meringue is...
Homemade Marinara Sauce
Homemade Marinara Sauce
This simple and delicious marinara sauce is a great staple. You can use this in a multitude of other recipes or just have it on a humble bowl of...
Chicken Livers on Toast
Chicken Livers on Toast
Offal is often overlooked and therefore is exceptionally good value especially as its packed full of nutrients. Without a doubt, my favourite offal...
Homemade Toffee Popcorn
Homemade Toffee Popcorn
It’s movie night and you want a quick snack. Popcorn is such a cheap and easy nibble to knock up. Personally I’m more keen on savoury options, but...

Latest recipes:

Butternut Squash & Hazelnut Salad
Butternut Squash & Hazelnut Salad
It's the first day of October as I write. Some of the leaves are just starting to fall off the trees on the streets near our house. The air is...
Sticky Toffee Pudding Ice Cream
Sticky Toffee Pudding Ice Cream
Freshly steamed sticky toffee pudding brings warmth on many a winter night, yet my wife's passion for sticky toffee pudding  seems to be...
Pistachio & Cardamom Ice Cream
Pistachio & Cardamom Ice Cream
A good curry night is hard to beat. After lots of spicy food, dessert isn't always what's on the mind, however a smooth and pallet cleansing sweet...
Strawberry & Basil Ice Cream with Balsamic Strawberries
Strawberry & Basil Ice Cream with...
A hint of basil produces a wonderful grownup twist to a classic strawberry ice cream, and the addition of balsamic strawberries to garnish...
Perfect Meringues
Perfect Meringues
The Italians choose to use a hot sugar syrup, while the French stick to cold sugar; this recipe is half way between the two. By heating the...
Chimichurri
Chimichurri
Chimichurri, while iconic and synonimous with Argentina and Argentine steak houses, has no set formula. It is a table sauce which is made uniquely...
Ultimate Chocolate Ice Cream
Ultimate Chocolate Ice Cream
How can just 5 simple ingredients combine to become this heavenly? Centuries ago they may have thought this to be magical, but since the birth of...
Banana Choc Chip Muffins
Banana Choc Chip Muffins
There seems to have been a huge resurgence in production of banana bread during covid-19 lockdown. While banana bread is delicious, its dangerously...
Crab Mac 'n' Cheese
Crab Mac 'n' Cheese
Everyone loves a comfoting, carb filled pasta dish from time to time. My wife, a lover of tomatoes, and I often dine on divine Italian concoctions...
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