What was your first job?
Tomato picking on the coast of Kenya
What was your first job in catering?
Washing up in a pub in Birmingham
What do you normally have for breakfast?
A flat white with three sugars and a plain omelette
What do you do to relax?
I love the open air, so I go to the Devonshire coastline, or go walking in the Scottish borders. At home I love to watch rugby union
What’s your favourite hotel?
Claridge’s. Love the art deco and old-school elegance
What is your favourite drink?
For special occasions, Ruinart Champagne, but a coffee or good pint generally does the trick
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
An orthopaedic surgeon working in a third-world country
What do you always carry with you?
My phone and hand sanitiser – nothing worse than sticky fingers
What is your favourite cuisine?
I do love Japanese or Far East-influenced cuisine
How would you describe your desk?
Covered in clipboards, A3 paper and colourful pens – I never write in blue or black
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Gordon Ramsay and Jason Atherton. Having worked with them, I admire their ability to take over the world
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Josh Emett, I worked with him when I was 21 and he nicknamed me Horse
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
I’ve always wanted to be a medic and I was on my way to becoming one when I discovered my passion for cooking
What’s your favourite film?
Gladiator and Armageddon
Who would be in your “fantasy” brigade?
Mark Sargeant from Rocksalt, Matt Abé from Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Tom Kerridge and Angela Hartnett. But the list is endless
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