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Chef revelations: Paul Hughes

10 August 2016
Chef revelations: Paul Hughes

The head chef at Orso, Covent Garden, London, reveals his likes and dislikes

What was your best subject at school?


What was your first job?

Apprentice chef at the Queens Hotel in Eastbourne

What do you normally have for breakfast?


What do you do to relax?

I like eating, travel and photography

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Jimbocho Den in Tokyo

What's your favourite hotel?

Sher Bagh Hotel, India

What is your favourite drink?


What is your favourite food/cuisine?


Which ingredient do you hate the most?


What flavour combinations do you detest?

Seafood and vanilla

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Mikael Jonsson

What do you always carry?

A camera

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

My first chef de partie I worked with as an apprentice.

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?

A sharp knife

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

Neil Armstrong

Describe your ultimate nightmare

Coming back from holiday to find the company has closed (it happens!)

What irritates you most about the industry?


When did you last eat a hamburger?

Last week

What's your favourite book?

American Psycho

Who would play "you" in a film about your life?

Jack Black

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