Table Talk with Ping Coombes

Ping Coombes
Born and raised in Malaysia and currently residing just outside Bath with her husband Andrew and daughter Alexa, chef Ping Coombes has propelled herself from home cook to household name thanks to winning MasterChef back in 2014.  When Ping found herself redundant and applied for the tenth series of MasterChef on a whim, she never dreamed that winning the coveted top spot would have lead her to penning her own family cookbook – MALAYSIA and opening Ping’s Pan Asian, a contemporary pan-Asian restaurant and delicatessen at Selfridges Oxford Street and Selfridges Manchester which brings Malaysian flavours to the masses. 

Between creating recipes aplenty, serving up her scrumptious Makan supper club and running her forthcoming summer cookery club – Ping’s Masak Club, Ping takes time to explore the culinary delights of Bath alongside her family. From speedy sushi to leisurely ambling around the kitchen gardens at The Pig near Bath, Ping serves up her favourite family foodie spots in Bath…

1. I’d like a table for…
A long lunch catching up with my girlfriends from school with no kids!

2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
Society Cafe Bath

3. Best brunch with kids?
Boston Tea Party – sitting on the edge of a busy Bath square, it’s the perfect spot to watch the world go by with the kids.

4. Children’s menu must-visits…
Yen Sushi. I am not a big fan of children’s menu as I think restaurant should have smaller portions of the adults menu. Yen Sushi doesn’t have children’s menu but has a conveyor belt with selection of sushi, sashimi and small plates which makes it fun and visual for the kids to choose what they want. It is fun, fresh and we go there a lot.

5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
Cote Brasserie, Bath. Space is crucial when you have prams en masse. Cote has lots of spaces and their food is always simple, good, consistent and good value. If we don’t have our kids then we descend onto Corkage in Walcot Street in Bath for lots of wine, chat and small plates.

Ping Coombes
6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
I love taking them to The Pig near Bath. They have a massive conservatory looking out to their gardens. with grazing deer. We usually take a long lunch with them taking a walk in the gardens in between courses.

7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
Encourage them to try everything, treat them like your friends and strictly no screens!

8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
Take me out to Menu Gordon Jones in Bath.

9. My earliest food memory…
My grandmother chasing my brother and i with a bowl of rice with lots of yummy dishes on it!

10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
Michelle Obama, Empress Wu Ze Tian, Joanna Lumley, Goldie Hawn, Princess Diana

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