What was your first job?
Busking and street performing from the age of six
What was your first job in catering?
Working at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo when I was 14
What do you normally have for breakfast?
I never eat breakfast, so couldn’t tell you. I usually have one meal a day, two at the most. But I do love eggs and bacon
What do you do to relax?
Go to the gym then a spa, or fall asleep in the cinema
Which is your favourite restaurant?
I still get goosebumps when I walk into Trinity restaurant in London’s Clapham. New York’s Eleven Madison Park is super-sexy too
What is your favourite drink?
What is your favourite cuisine?
Japanese food, of course
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
What flavour combinations do you detest?
What do you always carry with you?
Japanese 0.4 ball pen
How would you describe your desk?
Covered in A4 paper and post-its filled with ideas, dreams, goals and so on
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Gordon Ramsay, he dared to dream
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Adam Byatt, he was the first chef to believe in me
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
Everyone that I love
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
A major league baseball player
When and where was your last holiday?
Two and a half years ago, when I went back to Japan to visit my family
Tell us a secret….
I was 17 and working in Tokyo when I bought a ticket to London – no job, friends, family or money. I rocked up at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and asked for a job. I wanted to go home every day, but the idea of everyone back home saying “I told you so” got me through it