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Revelations: Angelo Sato, head chef, Omoide London

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Revelations: Angelo Sato, head chef, Omoide London

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?

Negroni

What is your favourite cuisine?

Japanese food, of course

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

Fish sauce

What flavour combinations do you detest?

Anything fishy

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?

Cristiano Ronaldo

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

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