Chef Revelations – Garry Hollihead

27 July 2012 by
Chef Revelations – Garry Hollihead

What was your first job?
Drummer in a band back in the 1970s called Travelling Light

What was your first job in catering?
Commis chef at the Belfry Golf and Country Club in Warwickshire

What do you do to relax?
I only wish I could, but growing fruit and veg helps me to switch off

Which is your favourite restaurant?
A small restaurant in Menorca called Villa Madrid

What's your favourite hotel?
Hotel Crillon Le Brave in Provence

What is your favourite drink?
Builders' tea

What is your favourite cuisine?
Japanese, I love sushi

Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
Grey mullet - I really detest it

Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Saffron is a lovely spice, but I hate it when chefs get heavy handed

What flavour combinations do you detest?
Fusion - food should be true to its origins

What do you always carry with you?
A small piece of Baccarat crystal from the chandelier in the lobby lounge that the chairman Mr Pisani gave to me before we opened

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Louis Outhier, L'Oasis Cote D'Azur. I worked with him there as a young chef of 23

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
Creed or Bond toiletries

What would be your last supper?
Fish and chips with mushy peas

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Ayrton Senna, George Best, Monty Don, JFK and Bette Midler

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Ayrton Senna, the greatest of all racing drivers

Describe your ultimate nightmare
Waking up and finding all my veg has been eaten by the slugs

Tell us a secret…
I truly know someone who has three nipples (it's not my wife!)

What's your favourite film?
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

What's your favourite music?
English soul and jazz

What is your favourite prepared food product?
Tomato ketchup

If you had more time, what would you do?
Study and enjoy the pleasures of farming and growing things

Garry Hollihead, executive chef, Corinthia hotel, London

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