Maidstone schoolboy’s cookbook exceeds sales by Mary Berry, Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver in first week of publication

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A student at Maidstone Grammar School decided to use Lockdown to combine his passion for cooking with charity aid by serving up a book of interviews with some of the world’s best chefs.

Alfred Moisan, who is only 12 years old, contacted 70 chefs, winegrowers and hotel masters from all over the world to produce his book, entitled “In Conversation With Alfred”.

Alfred Moisan

And he included his own winning recipe for homemade duck breast seasoned with sea salt, mashed peas and caramelized carrots after competing in the Kent Young Cooks contest.

His mother Laura Moisan said: “As you can imagine, we are extremely proud of him.”

The book, released this month, features behind-the-scenes stories from top Michelin-starred chefs and sommeliers, including Spaniard Ferran Adria from Restaurant El Bulli in Catalonia, Roxanne Lange from Restaurant Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden, and French winemaker Sandrine. Garbay de Château d’Yquem.

His father Jérôme Moisan explained: “He was able to find his own list of chefs to contact from online lists of the best restaurants in the world. Obviously he doesn’t know anything about wine or drink, so I helped with some suggestions of who to contact. the.

“In all, he wrote to about 300 people and 70 agreed to participate.”

Alfred with other winners of the Young Chefs Competition
Alfred with other winners of the Young Chefs Competition

Alfred’s mother is English and comes from Maidstone, his father is French and Alfred was born in Paris and spent the first six months of his life there.

When asked if his interest in cooking was part of his French heritage, Mr. Moisan laughed: “I don’t think so. His grandparents were teachers and I am a computer technician.

“No, it’s an interest he developed on his own.”

Alfred also loves football. The whole project was born during lockdown: when his parents criticized him for spending too much time playing on his X-Box, he said: “Okay, I’m going to write a cookbook.”

He had the immense satisfaction of seeing in the first week of publication his book repeatedly selling better than the books of Gordon Ramsay, Mary Berry and Jamie Oliver in Amazon’s list of the 50 best-selling cookbooks.

Alfred Moisan's book ahead of Gordon Ramsey in Amazon's 50 best cookbooks list
Alfred Moisan’s book ahead of Gordon Ramsey in Amazon’s 50 best cookbooks list
Alfred Moisan's book ahead of Jamie Oliver in Amazon's top 50 best-selling cookbooks
Alfred Moisan’s book ahead of Jamie Oliver in Amazon’s top 50 best-selling cookbooks

Alfred donates the profits from his book to FareShare, a charity fighting against hunger and food waste.

Association Executive Director Lindsay Boswell said: “We strongly believe that everyone should have access to a good meal and have the chance to enjoy a healthy and nutritious diet.

“Thanks to Alfred and his wonderful book, more people can do just that.”

The book is available on Amazon priced at £ 9.99.

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