What was your first job in catering?
In Dubai at the Hilton Creek
What do you normally have for breakfast?
I always start the day making pancakes for the family
What do you do to relax?
I love TV. The comedian Russell Peters makes me laugh and I enjoy watching an inexperienced chef on Hell's Kitchen
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Caramel, of course! I also love live music and I make sure I visit the Hard Rock Café in any new city I visit
What's your favourite hotel?
The Kurumba resort in the Maldives
What is your favourite drink?
I love to try different teas. But if I'm having the evening off, a mojito or a single malt Aberfeldy
What is your favourite cuisine?
Contemporary American. I love to reinvent ‘comfort food' classics with an upscale gourmet twist
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Ready to use bouillon cubes
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
My aunt, Mrs Luiza Pereira
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
I would only need the sound of nature. But if I could pick the island, it would be Marinduque in the Philippines
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Could I be a pet? They seem to have the stress-free life we all wish we had
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
A singer or a stage actor
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
I've dreamt about horror films that I've watched before bed and woken up my wife by screaming in my sleep. Waking up my wife from a deep sleep is my ultimate nightmare
Tell us a secret…
I'm a huge karaoke fan
What irritates you most about the industry?
Elaborate presentation with no delivery. I'm a real advocate for keeping plating simple
What's your favourite film?
I re-watch Gladiator on a regular basis
Who would play "you" in a film about your life
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