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Chef revelations – Andrew Scott, head chef, The Curlew, Bodiam

25 January 2013
Chef revelations – Andrew Scott, head chef, The Curlew, Bodiam

What was your first job in catering?
Kitchen porter when I was 14 in my local hotel, Whately Hall in Banbury

What do you normally have for breakfast?
Toasted crumpets with Marmite and Cheddar cheese and a large mug of coffee (only on my day off)

What's your favourite restaurant?
Paco Meralgo in Barcelona for proper Spanish tapas

What's your favourite hotel?

What's your favourite drink?
Gin and lemonade with a slice of lime

What flavour combinations do you detest?
The use of vanilla in savoury food

What's your favourite book?
Eleven Madison Park

Which person in catering have you most admired? Simon Haigh, Mallory Court

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration? Simon Rogan, L'Enclume

If not yourself, who would you rather have been? Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim

What's your favourite cuisine? I love to eat Indian food

If you hadn't gone into catering, where do you think you'd be now? An RAF pilot or an archaeologist

Which ingredient do you 
hate the most? Raw chicken - I hate the feeling on my hands

Describe your ultimate nightmare A power cut at work and all of the fridges going down as the kitchen is 100% electric, no gas!

Tell us a secret… I used to 
be a DJ

What irritates 
you most about the industry? Sometimes people take food too seriously; it's there to be enjoyed

What's your favourite film? Pulp Fiction

Who would play you in a film about your life? Robert Downey Jnr

What's your favourite prepared product? Chilled puff pastry on the roll

Who would be in your fantasy brigade? Cold larder, Simon Rogan; hot larder, Jason Atherton; meat, Tom Kerridge; fish, Gordon Ramsay; garnish, Simon Haigh; the pass, Marco Pierre White; and washing up, me!

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