Chef revelations: Fred Duval

07 December 2015
Chef revelations: Fred Duval

The head chef at the White Onion in Wimbledon village, south London, reveals his likes and pet hates

What was your best subject at school?


What was your first job?

Selling postcards in my parents' bookshop at the seaside

What was your first job in catering?

Kitchen porter

What do you do to relax?

I listen to my vinyl jazz collection

What's your favourite restaurant?

Locally, the French Table in Surbiton; in London, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

What's your favourite hotel?

Hôtel De La Marine, Barneville-Carteret in France

What's your favourite drink?

Pic Saint-Loup

What is your favourite food?

I'm addicted to prawns

What flavour combinations do you detest?

Broccoli and Stilton

Which ingredient do you hate?

Tinned baked beans

Are there any foods that you refuse to cook with?

What do you always carry with you?

A smile

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Alain Ducasse

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

My wife

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?

A live chicken

What daily website do you read?

Yahoo (FR and UK)

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

William the Conqueror

Describe your ultimate nightmare

No more prawns in the sea…

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