Chef revelations: Barry Vera

05 August 2016
Chef revelations: Barry Vera

The director of culinary and purchasing at the One Group reveals his likes and dislikes

What was your first job?

I grew up in a pub, so I used to restock the bottle fridges and shelves for my dad

What was your first job in catering?

Which is your favourite restaurant?


What is your favourite food?

Asian food - Vietnamese food and street food from places such as Hong Kong

What's your favourite hotel?

Gritti Palace in Venice

How would you describe your desk?

It's too tidy - I hate it when things are out of place

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Raymond Blanc - Le Manoir is a wonderful place

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

Marco Pierre White. When I worked for him it taught me about true attention to detail, which has stuck with me.

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

A Hollywood actor

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?

I originally wanted to be a lawyer

What's your ultimate nightmare?

Turning up for service and there are no chefs - it happened once!

Tell us a secret…

I'm a surfer

When did you last eat a hamburger?

About two weeks ago at Dirty Burger in Kentish Town

What's your favourite film?

Shawshank Redemption

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Jude Law

What's your favourite book?

McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture by Harold McGee

What is your favourite prepared product?

Peeled garlic

If you had more time, what would you do?

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