What was your first job in catering? I was 15, while at school, and I worked in an Indian take-away kitchen, making stocks and breads, but mostly peeling onions
What do you normally have for breakfast? Porridge with salt
What do you do to relax? Run
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Restaurant Martin Wishart in Leith
What's your favourite hotel?
What is your favourite food/cuisine?
Classic British and Thai
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with? Cheap boxed cooking wine, what is the point in buying expensive ingredients and flavouring them with plonk?
What do you always carry with you?
Always seem to have a dog poo bag in every pocket, but I'm never without a pen
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Gary Rhodes, for his focused clean flavours
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take? Clingfilm
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Roald Dahl, David Attenborough and Genghis Khan
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
What is your favourite drink?
Gin and tonic, nothing else hits the spot
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would â¨be now?
In a submarine - I had applied â¨to the Navy
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
I have the occasional stressed-out service-while-naked dream!
What irritates you most about the industry?
Young chefs only wanting Michelin stars and forgetting to learn to cook on the way
What's your favourite book?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
What is your favourite prepared food product?
Who would be in your â¨fantasy brigade?
Geoffrey Smeddle of the Peat Inn; Darin Campbell of One Devonshire Gardens; and Shaun Rankin of Ormer, Jersey