What was your best subject at school?
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Depends on the occasion but I love Brawn, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and the Ledbury
What was your first job?
Working in a vineyard for 20p an hour
What’s your favourite hotel?
Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
What is your favourite food/cuisine?
I love things that are barbecued properly on wood charcoal
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Fruit or sometimes porridge with garlic honey and olive oil
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
Working on my farm
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Coffee and cinnamon
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
What is your favourite drink?
Spicy tomato juice
What do you do to relax?
I love gardening
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
My Opinel knife
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Describe your ultimate nightmare
Losing my snail supplier
What is your favourite prepared food product?
Tell us a secret…
I can’t dance
What irritates you most about the industry?
What’s your favourite film?
Any Marcel Pagnol movie
Who would play you in a film?
Who would be in your “fantasy” brigade?
I have been around for too long and would not like to start any polemic by choosing the fantasy team, but I would love to put an advert for my fantasy team – Can you cook? Do you love cooking? Do you love to work long hours? Do you love pressure? Can you listen? Do you like responsibility? Are you generous? If you answer yes to all, you are in!