Rome-based chef and food writer Rachel Roddy is set to appear at J Sheekey Atlantic Bar at Leicester Square in London as part of its 2017 guest chef series on 9 May
What was your best subject at school?
English, probably, although there was plenty of drama, which led me to drama school
What was your first job?
Babysitting and gardening, for the same family, so occasionally at the same time
What was your first job in catering?
Silver service waitress at the Moat House in Harpenden. I was told I was enthusiastic but incompetent.
What do you normally have for breakfast?
What do you do to relax?
Walking, ideally with music
What's your favourite restaurant?
Cesare al Casaletto in Rome or 40 Maltby Street in London
What's your favourite food?
I suppose Italian food with a southern slant
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
I am not keen on avocados
Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
Fish that smells fishy…
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Can I have two? Joyce Molyneux and Leila Millar
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
What daily newspaper/website do you read?
Tell us a secret…
I have three that I can think of at this moment, but they are not mine to tell
When did you last eat a hamburger?
I can't remember, years ago…
Who would play you in a film about your life?
Doon Mackichan please
What is your favourite prepared product?
Who would be in your fantasy brigade?
Carla Tomasi (in her kitchen in Rome), Kitty Lindy Travers (La Grotta ices) and James Ferguson