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Chef Revelations – Will Torrent

15 June 2012 by

What was your first job?
A week's work experience with Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck

What was your first job in catering?
Chef at the Red Lion in Iver

What's your favourite food/cuisine?
Indian

What do you do to relax?
Play football with the boys (5-a-side and Fifa), play the piano and listen to music or chill out in front of the TV

What's your favourite restaurant?
It has to be the Fat Duck

What's your favourite hotel?
Gleneagles

What daily newspaper/website do you read?
I'm addicted to Twitter so I get my news from there

Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Tofu

Which person in catering have you most admired?
Yolande Stanley, my tutor at TVU (now the University of West London), mentor and training manager for WorldSkills Japan 2007 and great friend. She shows such dedication and expertise in developing young talent and the pastry chefs of tomorrow. Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
After my nan and grandad it has to be Heston Blumenthal - when I was 15 he told me to always strive for perfection and to be the best

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
Either my phone or a piano

What's your favourite book?
Ephesians

What's your favourite film?
Superman

Tell us a secret…
I own every Chelsea home shirt since the 1996/97 season

What's your favourite drink?
Gin & tonic

Describe your ultimate nightmare
Being in the kitchen with my fantasy brigade!

Who would be in your fantasy brigade?
My pastry team would consist of Michel Roux Snr and Yolande Stanley on desserts, and William Curley on chocolates/petit fours, all overseen by the late, great John Huber; next up would be Thomas Keller on the pass; Heston Blumenthal on sauce; Alain Roux and Michael Caines on veg and larder; Raymond Blanc and Brian Turner on meat; and me out of the way!

Alternatively, I could have a WorldSkills UK restaurant, with me and Alistair Birt (William Curley) heading up the pastry; Adam Smith (the Ritz) on the pass; Graham Squire (Trinity) on sauce; Ben Murphy (Koffmann's) on meat; Clark Crawley (Compass) on veg and larder; and front of house headed up by Julie Doig (Sketch) and Katie Watson (Gleneagles), and Wojciech Pastor (Gleneagles) on the bar.

Will Torrent, pastry consultant, Waitrose

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