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We would like you to meet… our Thom
Hi, I’m Thom, I’m half British and half Swedish. I grew up in the UK and 4 years ago decided it was about time to learn Swedish, so moved to Gothenburg and afterwards did a masters in photography there, too.
I started working in the cafe at the beginning of Advent last Christmas, helping people pick out their Christmas food. It’s fun making people happy with Christmas hams. Before I moved to Sweden I used to eat all of Scandikitchen’s buns and once had the Swedish happy birthday song sang at me by the staff! I’m now Assistant Manager and helping to organise Operation Christmas.
At the moment I’m trying to decide on my new job title. Current favourite is PhanThom Menace.
My favourite chocolate is: Marabou, Marabou, Marabou, all of the Marabou (Swiss hazelnuts, black liquorice, the orange one, the plain one, salty almonds, THE NEW KWIKK LUNSJ ONE, with salt!), Jordnötsringar (peanut flavoured ring crisps), filmjölk with homemade musli and grated apple, lingongrova bread with Skagen and ground black pepper on top or Falu crisp bread with Swedish liver pate and smörgåsgurka.
My least favourite food is surprisingly, not surströmming! You just don’t need to eat it more than once a year! I think some of the Danish cheeses are my least favourite – they can be a bit smelly.
Best track on the cafe playlist? I love Magnus Uggla’s Somertid.
Favourite open sandwich? Chicken and asparagus with basil, it’s fantastic. My three piece is that, then sweet potato salad and egg and prawn.
Best place in Scandinavia? On an island in the summer, or by a lake (warm enough to swim in) in the forrest – Delsjön outside Gothenburg is lovely.
This Christmas, I’m having a Swedish Julbord with my family in the UK on the 24th and then croissants and champagne for Christmas Day breakfast followed by presents (yes, even with our main Christmas meal on Christmas Eve my parents still make us open presents on the 25th after breakfast!) followed by a roast, probably beef. It’s all about food!
What motto do you live by? Friends and family are the best.
When I was a kid, I had three ducks called Long John Silver, Slatibartfast and Zaohod Beeblebrox (my family are Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fans).
Me in ten years? Still between Sweden and the UK. Best of both worlds.