What was your best subject at school?
Fine art and English literature
What was your first job?
Waitress in a Beatties department store in Wolverhampton. I was paid £3.50 an hour and my dad would always come in on a Saturday and leave a £10 tip because he respected the graft
What was your first job in catering?
A café called Brew in Battersea, run by the amazing Mike Daniels. He was so encouraging, giving me a café kitchen to run at 21
What do you normally have for breakfast?
If it’s a work day, a skinny flat white and a double macchiato. If I’m at home, shakshuka
What do you do to relax?
Play vinyl records. I inherited 60s and 70s vinyl from my grandfather’s jukebox – the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Diana Ross – they are my prized possessions
What’s your favourite hotel?
Which is your favourite restaurant?
I have never eaten anything I didn’t adore at Hoppers
What is your favourite drink?
Champagne – always. Closely followed by a Negroni
What is your favourite food?
I’m obsessed with pasta and dim sum
Are there any foods that you refuse to cook with?
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Vanilla and fish
Who would play “you” in a film about your life?
Wonder Woman – because you have to be a bit of a superhero when you’re opening restaurants!
What do you always carry with you?
Maldon salt and a notebook
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
I’m self taught, meaning I’ve had inspiration from lots of influences
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
Champagne, because it makes everything better
What’s your favourite book?
Marco Pierre White’s Wild Food From Land and Sea
What’s your favourite film?
I love Mafia films – I’ve watched The Godfather maybe 12 times
What is your favourite prepared product?
Fish fingers – in a sandwich, you can’t go wrong