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Chef Revelations: Graeme Pallister, chef-proprietor, 63 Tay Street, Perth

06 June 2013
Chef Revelations: Graeme Pallister, chef-proprietor, 63 Tay Street, Perth

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?
Shangri-La Bangkok

What is your favourite food/cuisine?
Classic British and Thai

Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Dried herbs

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 
be now?
In a submarine - I had applied 
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?
Heinz beans

Who would be in your 
fantasy brigade?
Geoffrey Smeddle of the Peat Inn; Darin Campbell of One Devonshire Gardens; and Shaun Rankin of Ormer, Jersey

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