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Chef revelations: Kevin Tickle, head chef, Forest Side hotel

08 January 2016
Chef revelations: Kevin Tickle, head chef, Forest Side hotel

What was your first job in catering?

KP at a small pub in Foxfield

What do you normally have for breakfast?

A large takeaway Costa latte

What do you do torelax?

What flavour combinations do you detest?

Dried sultanas in curries - just wrong

What is your favourite food?

Good old rustic pub grub

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

Monkfish liver

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

My fishing kit

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

Kit Harrington

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

I turned down jobs as a fireman and an electrician to be a chef

Describe your ultimate nightmare?

Being stuck on a team building exercise with over-enthusiastic people, earth mums and Peter Barlow from Coronation Street

Tell us a secret…

Around 20 years ago my mate took a good stuffing for rolling a car wheel down a fellside. The wheel hit a rock and went straight through his dad's Defender window. That was me, sorry!

What irritates you most about the industry?

Young chefs who do nothing but stage, then say "I have worked there" and expect to be a junior sous straight away

What's your favourite book?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What's your favourite film?

Watership Down - I was genuinely gutted when it wasn't on last Boxing Day

If you had more time, what would you do?

I would spend more time with my wife and daughter - two days isn't enough

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