Chef Revelations – Chris McGowan

08 July 2011 by
Chef Revelations – Chris McGowan

What was your best subject at school? Art

What was your first job? Paper round

What was your first job in catering? Veg prep in a hotel

What do you normally have for breakfast? Muesli

What do you do to relax? Run

Which is your favourite restaurant? Don Alfonso, Sorrento, Italy

What's your favourite hotel? The Merchant hotel, Belfast

What is your favourite drink? G&T

What is your favourite food/cuisine? 40-day, dry-aged Welsh Black beef

Which ingredient do you hate the most? Baby corn

Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with? Blue-fin tuna because it's an endangered species

What flavour combinations do you detest? Ham and pineapple

What do you always carry with you? Blackberry and iPad

How would you describe your desk? Creative chaos

Which person in catering have you most admired? Pierre Koffmann

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration? Marco Pierre White

What daily newspaper/website do you read? The Times

When and where was your last holiday? The Algarve, last September

What irritates you most about the industry? Poor service

When did you last eat a hamburger? Can't remember

What's your favourite film?The Deer Hunter

What's your favourite book? Haven't time to read books!

What is your favourite prepared product? Hummus

Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade? Pastry - the Roux brothers; hot larder - Philip Howard; cold larder - Pierre Gagnaire; fish - Marco Pierre White; veg - Gordon Ramsay; sauce - Pierre Koffmann

If you had more time, what would you do? Spend more time with my five-year-old twin daughters

Chris McGowan, head chef, Corrigan's Mayfair

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