What was your best subject at school?
I performed best at English but my favourite was history. Embarrassingly, I wasn’t very good at home economics
What was your first job?
What was your first job in catering?
Kitchen porter at 15 in a hotel in Newcastle-under-Lyme
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Either porridge or sheep’s yogurt with buckwheat, dates and apple, sunflower seeds and chia seeds
What do you do to relax?
Surf, read cookbooks with a glass of wine, maybe go for a run
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Currently, Lyle’s in London
What’s your favourite hotel?
Scarlet in Newquay, I love the fact you get no phone reception
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Cottage cheese. And I’m not a big fan of kidney
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Pickled egg in soy sauce. Not sure about that one
Which person in catering have you most admired?
I think what René Redzepi does is incredible; he’s always pushing boundaries
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
When I was first at Fifteen Andy Appleton taught me a lot, which inspires how I cook now
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
I probably would have gone into music. Maybe a DJ
What’s your ultimate nightmare?
You’re cooking a roast at a wedding and when you slice into it, it’s still raw
Who would play “you” in a film about your life?
Me and Ryan Gosling look pretty similar