Chef revelations: David Ridgway, Smart Group

19 September 2014
Chef revelations: David Ridgway, Smart Group

David Ridgway, executive head chef, Smart Group

What was your first job?

What do you normally have for breakfast? Porridge

What's your favourite restaurant?
The Ledbury, London

What's your favourite drink?
Gin and tonic

What's your favourite cuisine? Spanish, cured meats, tapas and cheese

Which ingredients do you hate?
Sweetbreads and Turkish delight

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
Pata negra

Are there any ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
I would cook most things, apart from endangered foods, and I'm not a fan of foie gras and caviar - I think they're both overrated

What flavour combinations do you detest?
Chocolate and coffee

Which person in catering have you most admired?
Marco Pierre White

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
My granddad - he was a chef in the army

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Elvis Presley

Describe your ultimate nightmare
Falling from the sky

Tell us a secret…
I set fire to the school bushes on my last day

When did you last eat a hamburger?
Six months ago at Almost Famous in Manchester

What is your favourite prepared product?
Puff pastry

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