What was your best subject at school?
Geography and PE were my favourite as they gave you the most chance of being outside. Ironic as I now spend my life in the kitchen!
What was your first job?
I had a paper round as my first job. It was short-lived
What was your first job in catering?
At Rudding Park in Harrogate
What do you normally have for breakfast?
What do you do to relax?
Golf, although most of the time it stresses me out even more
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Eleven Madison Park in New York City. I’ve never been but I love the style – classical cooking with modern techniques
What’s your favourite hotel?
I really enjoyed the Chester Grosvenor, great restaurant too
What is your favourite drink?
What is your favourite food?
You can’t beat a good steak
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Courgette and rosemary is not for me at all
Which person in catering have you most admired?
I think almost everything Simon Rogan does is incredible
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
This sounds soppy, but my children inspire me. I love their unblemished outlook on life
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
A freezer door left open overnight
What irritates you most about the industry?
Working Christmas day
What’s your favourite film?
Wolf of Wall Street
Who would play “you” in a film about your life?
Gerard Butler (the likeness is uncanny)
What’s your favourite book?
I read cookbooks mostly. I love the anecdotes from other chefs in Sat Bains’ cookbook. But it all started (like a lot of chefs) with the late Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential
What is your favourite prepared product?
Does cheese count? If so, cheese