What was your first job?
I sold tents and sleeping bags at the Famous Army Stores
What was your first job in catering?
Working in a carvery
What is your favourite cuisine?
It varies from month to month, but this month I am into Indian. Nothing beats a hot, comforting daal when the weather gets chilly
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
What do you always carry with you?
Somebody else’s cloth. A regular complaint from my team is “chef, you have taken my cloth”
Who would be in your “fantasy” brigade?
William Alexander, Blanchette Soho’s head chef; Phil Smith at the Albert Arms, Southwark; Andreas Engberg from Olympic Studios in Barnes, London; Jamie Younger from the Palmerston, in London’s East Dulwich; and Jay Scrimshaw of Cambridge’s Guerilla Kitchen. I think we wouldn’t get a lot of work done
What’s your favourite film?
Who would play “you” in a film about your life?
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Hoppers in London – I love the concept and the flavours
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
A Big Green Egg barbecue
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Describe your ultimate nightmare
I have a reoccurring dream: I am trying to finish a dish, but each time I get to the last element, there is something wrong with the first. Infinite loop of stress
When and where was your last holiday?
I did a quick trip to America in September, starting in Miami and finishing in New York
What’s your favourite book?
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
If you had more time, what would you do?
Be more active, go bouldering, longboarding, exercising!
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
My second head chef