Claudio Cardoso, executive chef, Sushi Samba, London
Your best subject at school?
What was your first job?
At 15 I worked as a chef at Lapa Palace hotel, Lisbon, Portugal
Which is your favourite restaurant?
WD-50 in New York City and Kabuki in Tenerife
Which ingredient do you hate?
Describe your desk
Extremely organised, everything has its place
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Chocolate and orange
What newspaper do you read?
Jornal O Record, a Portuguese sports paper
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
What's your favourite hotel?
Ritz-Carlton Penha Longa Luxury Resort in Sintra, Portugal
What irritates you most about the industry? Generalised lack of ownership
What is your favourite prepared product?
What do you do to relax?
Online gaming. I love Call of Duty and Battlefield
Who would play you in a biopic? Mark Wahlberg
What's your favourite book?
Modernist Cuisine by Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young and Maxime Bilet
Who's in your fantasy brigade?
Grant Achatz (Alinea), the Roca Brothers (El Celler de Can Roca), Martín Berasategui (MB), Juan Mari Arzak and Alain Ducasse
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Luis Baena from Notting Hill Kitchen taught me the infinite possibilities of cooking, and Margot Janse from Le Quartier Francais proved that there is no gender inequality in a kitchen
What is your favourite food?
What do you always carry? My knives and my phone
What is your favourite drink?