Karl Martin, head chef, Old Downton Lodge, Ludlow
What was your best subject at school?
What was your first job?
Kitchen porter for my dad at a golf club in Wolverhampton, aged 13
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Black pudding sandwich as a treat but normally nothing
What's your favourite hotel? Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
What's your favourite food? Honest, well-cooked, home food - you can't beat it
Which ingredient do you hate the most? I don't hate anything but anchovies, because I'm allergic
Are there any ingredients that you refuse to cook with? Kale, because my old head chef put it on everything!
How would you describe your desk? My desk is my kitchen - best desk in the world
Which person in catering have you most admired? Tom Kerridge - great food and great love for what he does
What newspaper do you read? The Star - always factual
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration? Simon Haigh, food and beverage director for Eden Collection - a massive inspiration to many chefs
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take? Viennetta
If you hadn't gone into catering, where would you be now? Binman
Describe your ultimate nightmare Not putting the orders through - many a time I've woken up to realise it was just a dream but once it wasn't!
When and where was your last holiday? New Zealand, December, to get married
Tell us a secret… I'm addicted to tomato sauce
What irritates you about the industry? People's lack of honesty
What's your favourite book? Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide by Thomas Keller
What's your favourite film? Weekend at Bernie's