Chef Revelations – Phil Howard

04 March 2011 by
Chef Revelations – Phil Howard

Phil Howard, chef-proprietor at the Square, London, talks about air miles, Marco, David Attenborough and The Italian Job

What was your best subject at school?

What was your first job? Stocking shelves in a supermarket

What was your first job in catering?
Roux Restaurants - making sandwiches in the staff canteen of Kleinwort Benson

What do you do to relax?

What is your favourite restaurant? River Café

What is your favourite hotel?
The Stafford

What is your favourite drink?

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with? If so, why?
Anything from the southern hemisphere. Air miles.

What do you always carry with you?

Which person in catering have you most admired?
For many years it was Marco

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

What flavour combinations do you detest?
Chocolate and raspberry

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

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
David Attenborough

What is your favourite prepared product?

Describe your ultimate nightmare Full house, empty kitchen

What irritates you most about the industry?
Gossip and insecurity

What's your favourite film?
The Italian Job

Who would be in your fantasy brigade? My current brigade at the Square, plus Brett at the Ledbury and Mark from Kitchen W8

If you had more time, what would you do? Read a book

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