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Down the dimly-lit stairs, through the jacquard quilted curtain under the ‘employees only’ metal signpost, and in to the kitchen of the restaurant that has just been awarded an unprecedented Michelin star. 34-year-old Coulsdon born Paul Hood, head chef and partner of Social Eating House, is mucking in with the supper preparations, and unlike other celebrity chefs’ styles, this kitchen oozes a spell-like calm. Upstairs, despite the lunch service being over, the crowds are still nursing their ‘Cereal Killer’ cocktails (using coco pops milk, complete with a candy cane striped straw), alongside the remnants of baked curried hake smeared on the china white plates. At a first glance Hood looks like your average 30-something man; But his culinary creations are far from ordinary, as the Michelin star would suggest.
It’s Friday night and I’m at the cosy Hare and Billet pub in Blackheath, South-East London, accompanied by five of my friends, and a pint of IPA; but I’m not relaxed. My friends have decided that we all spend too much time on our phones, so they’re stacked in the middle of the table, one on top of another. Whoever reaches for their phone first has to buy the next round. I can see my phone flashing and vibrating, and I’m becoming increasingly agitated. as Prince, the musician, is in London. I have set up Twitter alerts, so every time someone types ‘#princewatch’, I am the first to know. I don’t even want to go that much, I just don’t want to be left out. The anxiety gets too much and I reach for my phone. “I’ll have a gin and tonic and a bag of crisps please, Bethan,” Julia says, before the other four place their orders.
Taurean Roye is a South-East London born Renaissance man. He’s an artist, model, photographer, producer, writer, fashion designer, and a rapper, to name just a few of his titles. He fuses these talents in to Last Night in Paris, London’s newest collective, who have been dubbed the UK’s answer to Odd Future. Whilst Taurean is adamant that his music is simply hip hop or r’n’b, writers in the music industry have creatively-named the LNIP genre. “We’ve heard ambient, cloud rap, chill-wave, shit like that. They just make up terms these days,” he jokes.
At the age of 20, Taurean has accomplished the gig that many artists strive to play for their whole careers; Glastonbury. This summer saw the collective brace the stage at the world’s biggest music festival, to an animated crowd chanting ‘Paris Army’, partnered with a backdrop of serene, ethereal visuals throughout the set. This was their first ever performance together, and as debuts go, that’s a pretty big deal.