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Chef revelations: Paul Hood, head chef, Social Eating House

19 April 2013
Chef revelations: Paul Hood, head chef, Social Eating House

What was your first job in catering?
Kitchen assistant/commis chef at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon

What do you do to relax? Fishing

What's your favourite restaurant? In the UK, the Ledbury, abroad De Karmeliet, Bruges

What's your favourite hotel? Goodwood Park, Singapore

What is your favourite cuisine? I've always loved good flavoured, well cooked Indian cuisine

What's your favourite drink? Dark ale

How would you describe your desk? Everything is clean and tidy (drilled into me by Jason Atherton)

What flavour combinations do you detest? I cannot stand chocolate and mint

Which person in catering have you most admired?

If you hadn't gone into catering, where do you think you'd be now? I always wanted to be a fireman

What's your favourite film? The Shawshank Redemption

Describe your ultimate 
nightmare Walking into work and finding all the chefs had bolted and we had 100 for lunch

Tell us a secret… I actually failed food technology and home economics miserably by getting an F at school

What ingredient do you hate the most? Green bell peppers

What irritates you most about 
the industry? Young chefs that try to run before they can walk

What's your 
favourite prepared product? Branston Pickle

Who would play you in a film about your life? Russell Crowe

What's your favourite book? At the moment it would be Grant Achatz' Life on the Line

Who would be in your
fantasy brigade? Mark Askew; Phil Howard; Anthony Boyd (ex Glasshouse 
and La Trompette); Sat Bains; 
Tom Kerridge; Stephen Terry; 
Jason Atherton and Thomas Keller on the pass, keeping them all in check, and Moses from Brazil (Montes) and Eve (the madman 
KP, formerly from Maze) on potwash

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