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Chef revelations: Alan White

23 September 2016
Chef revelations: Alan White

The executive chef at the Grand Brighton, including GB1 restaurant, reveals his likes and dislikes

What was your best subject at school?

Home economics

What was your first job?

A paper round and a milkman

What was your first job in catering?

Forest of Arden Hotel as a commis chef

What do you normally have for breakfast?

Weetabix, half a grapefruit and a multivitamin

What do you do to relax?

Take my Boxer dog, Sky, for a walk along the beach

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Chiltern Firehouse and Galvin at Windows are consistently good

What is your favourite drink?

Long Island iced tea

Which ingredients do you hate the most?

What is your favourite food/cuisine?

Sausage and mash, although I do love lobster from the south coast

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Pierre Koffmann. He was my inspiration from the start and one of the reasons I chose to pursue a career in catering

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

Grandma White. She introduced me to cooking as a child. I still cook her recipes at home, like faggots, pies and puddings

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?


What daily newspaper/website do you read?

The Daily Mail

What irritates you most about the industry?

Self-confessed foodies

What's your favourite film?

Bridge Over the River Kwai

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Ross Kemp

Who would be in your fantasy brigade?

Raymond Blanc, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson and Nadiya Hussain

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