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Chef Revelations: Chris Underwood, head pastry chef

19 March 2014
Chef Revelations: Chris Underwood, head pastry chef

Revelations: Chris Underwood, head pastry chef, Five Fields, Chelsea

What was your best subject at school?

What was your first job?
Working in Asda, stacking shelves in the produce department

What was your first job in catering? Through college at Gidleigh Park - I loved it!

What do you normally have for breakfast?
Bananas, plain yogurt and crispy honey oats - all good for slow-burning energy for a busy day in the kitchen

What do you do to relax?
I love making cakes. Baking is great for relaxation. I love making a good celebration cake - golf courses, nurse's uniform, SpongeBob SquarePants… I love it.

Which is your favourite restaurant? Texture

What's your favourite hotel? Bath Priory - it's a beautiful hotel with the whole package and it really makes you feel at home

What is your favourite drink? Jack Daniels and Coke

What is your favourite food? My nan's beef stew and dumplings - homemade dumplings, of course

Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Not so much an ingredient, but I hate Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire puddings

Are there any ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
Lavender, because it makes everything taste like soap

What do you always carry with you?
My Rocher spoon

What is your favourite prepared product?
Peanut butter

What's your favourite book?Bentley: Contemporary Cuisine by Brent Savage

Which person in catering have you most admired? Tom Aikens, for what he achieved at such a young age

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take? A cherry red KitchenAid

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Michael Caines. He overcame obstacles that really highlight his incredible talent and determination.

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
My nan… she's so cool, she's always happy and she makes a mean beef stew!

Describe your ultimate nightmare? My Pacojet breaking down in the middle of service

Tell us a secret…
I love a good chick flick

When did you last eat a hamburger?
I can't remember - it was a Double Whopper, though

If you had more time, what would you do? Explore the opportunities to set up my own bakery and write a book

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