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Revelations: Ian Howard, Babylon at the Roof Gardens

Revelations: Ian Howard, Babylon at the Roof Gardens

Ian Howard, head chef, Babylon at the Roof Gardens, London

Which is your favourite restaurant?
Tickets in Barcelona

What’s your favourite hotel?
The Savoy, for its history and the link to Escoffier

What is your favourite drink?
Champagne

Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Okra – I’m just not a fan

Are there any ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
Sustainable fish is high on everyone’s agenda, so things like bluefin tuna are an absolute no

What flavour combinations to do you detest?
Chocolate and mint is not one of my favourites

What do you always carry with you?
My iPhone – the notepad on my phone has so many recipes and ideas, I would be lost without it

How would you describe your desk?
Not used a great deal

Which person in catering have you most admired?
Marco Pierre White – when I first started training he was the man!

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Neil Armstrong

Describe your ultimate nightmare?
Fully-booked restaurant and the gas and electricity go off

When and where was your last holiday?
Malaga, Spain, last summer

Tell us a secret…
I once cooked for Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and family for three Sundays in a row at the Belvedere restaurant

What irritates you most about the industry?
The unpredictable hours

When did you last eat a hamburger?
A week ago

What’s your favourite film?
Casino

What’s your favourite book?
White Heat

What is your favourite prepared product?
Kromberg mayonnaise

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