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Chef revelations – Nick Vadis, executive chef, Compass Group UK & Ireland

05 April 2013
Chef revelations – Nick Vadis, executive chef, Compass Group UK & Ireland

What was your first job? Helicopter mechanic, Royal Navy

What's your favourite restaurant? Per Se in New York

What's your favourite hotel? The Burj Al Arab in Dubai

What's your favourite cuisine? Thai

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, the Queen, Miranda Hart, Jennifer Aniston, my wife Linda and David Attenborough

What flavour combinations do you detest? Sweet products on pizza

Which ingredient do you hate the most? Baby sweetcorn

Which people in catering have you most admired? The Roux brothers

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration? Brian Jones, who was head of the Royal Naval Cookery School

What irritates you most about the industry? That people still look down on it

Describe your ultimate nightmare Trapped in a room full of spiders; I hate them

What would be your last supper? Spanish tapas with a good Rioja

Tell us a secret… I made Cheshire Life magazine, for leading a protest at the local swimming pool after being banned for bombing. I was 14.

What is your favourite drink? Bombay gin and tonic with lime

Who would play you in a film about your life? George Clooney

What is your favourite prepared food product? Olives

Who would be in your fantasy brigade? Jason Atherton, Thomas Keller, David Everitt-Matthias, Rene Redzepi, Claire Clark, William Curley

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