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Chef revelations: Arnaud Stevens, chef-patron, Sixtyone, London

18 July 2014
Chef revelations: Arnaud Stevens, chef-patron, Sixtyone, London

What was your best subject at school?
French

What was your first job?
Apprentice chef at the then five-star hotel Imperial (Forte) in Torquay

What do you normally have for breakfast?
Three shots of Nespresso Ristretto coffee

What do you do to relax?
I walk from Kingston to the Richmond riverbank

What's your favourite restaurant?

Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Bananas - the devil's fruit

What's your favourite hotel?
Abac in Barcelona. I stayed there four years ago and had a brilliant time, as well as experiencing Jordi Cruz's food.

What's your favourite drink?
Elderflower gin and tonic

What's your favourite cuisine?
I love southern European; however I eat everything and love all food cultures

Which person in catering have you most admired?
Heston Blumenthal

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
My beautiful partner Anastasia

What newspaper do you read?
The Observer and The London Evening Standard

Tell us a secret…
I hate flying!

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Serge Gainsbourg

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
Central midfield, Liverpool FC

Describe your ultimate nightmare
Not pleasing our guests

When and where was your last holiday?
Portugal, two years ago

What irritates you most about the industry?
Soaring food prices

What's your favourite film?
12 Years a Slave

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

What's your favourite book?
Desire by Sergio Herman

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