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 â¨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 â¨be a DJ
What irritates â¨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!