Troy Terrington

My Life In Food with Troy Terrington

Troy Terrington is a chef patron at Dobson & Parnell on Newcastle’s vibrant Quayside. We catch up with him on all things food…

Troy Terrington is originally from Cambridge, however, he moved to the North East in 2005 and worked as head chef at sister restaurant Blackfriars and at Jesmond Dene House where he held three rosettes.

Troy’s menus change daily depending on the freshest produce he can find, and he uses ethically sourced, local, seasonal produce directly from nearby farms and markets. There is a strong focus on sustainability and the kitchen team specialises in preserving techniques such as curing, smoking, salting, brining and fermenting.

Winning the ‘Taste of the North East’ title at The North East Tourism Awards, achieving AA rosette and gaining Michelin recommended status have been recent highlights for Troy and the team at Dobson & Parnell.  

Troy Terrington

A meal that takes you back to childhood…

My grandpas roast lamb on Sundays. He was great at cooking and used to let me help peel the odd carrot or parsnip. He had a real knack for cooking the joints of meat and, in particular, lamb, which was always full of flavour.

The food that brings you the greatest joy…

Sandwiches! I know it sounds odd. Sandwiches can be so much more than just plain old ham and cheese.

The food that represents where you come from…

I’d say East Anglia is particularly good at producing pork, but I’ve not lived there for nearly 20 years so I’m no expert. The North East is where I’ve spent my entire adult life since 18, so probably Greggs (just kidding!). The lamb is fantastic in this part of the world as is the beef and amazing fish from our part of the North Sea.

Your most memorable meal…

In 2021 I was fortunate to dine at CORE in London, a restaurant by Chef Clare Smyth. It was exceptional from start to finish, the attention to detail from the moment we walked through the door was something that really set it above any other dining experience I’d had in the past and everything was super slick without being snooty.

We were well looked after and everyone that served us always had time for a few more words or a bit of conversation between wine and food courses.

Troy Terrington

Your favourite meal of the day and why…

Lunch because I very rarely have breakfast, I just load up on coffee and water. So it’s the first real meal of the day for me and, often, the only one before I finish work in the evening.

The best cook you know…

My mother-in-law! She’s an amazing cook, really well organised in the kitchen and not afraid to expand her repertoire. Cakes and pastries are unbelievable and I’ve said time and again she should enter GBBO.

The food you turn to when you need some comfort…

Beans on toast with poached eggs and brown sauce. So easy and filling, super simple and suitable for any time of the day.

The food you always need in your fridge…

Condiments! There’s always a way to ‘plus up’ a meal. Sauces, chutneys and preserves, you name it. We probably go through a bottle a week of ketchup, mayo and sriracha.

The food you never give up…

Bread, never will I ever stop eating bread. All shapes, sizes, types and colours!

What food means to you…

Everything. It’s the thing that sustains my family, my job, my teaching tool, the solution to most problems, the thing that brings happiness. I’m sure there are more examples I could think of, but it would take me a while and creative writing was never my strong point!