Chef Revelations – Rowley Leigh

18 March 2011
Chef Revelations – Rowley Leigh

What was your best subject at school?

What was your first job in catering?
Grill chef, the Rock Garden

What's your favourite hotel?
The Park hotel, Kenmare

What is your favourite drink?
I could just manage a glass of Clos St Hune Riesling, 1983…

What is your favourite food/cuisine?
Today, white truffles on fonduta

Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Okra and truffle oil

Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
Who's paying?

What flavour combinations do you detest?
Too numerous to mention but chocolate and Marmite comes pretty high
What do you always carry with you?
My freedom pass

What daily newspaper/website do you read?

Which person in catering have you most admired?
Jesus Christ (5,000 covers with five loaves and two fish)

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Dom Perignon
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
A humidor full of Cohibas

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

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Dusty Springfield
What irritates you most about the industry?
People who call what we do an "industry". I regard it as a pastime for which I get paid

When and where was your last holiday?
July, Umbria

When did you last eat a hamburger?
A couple of weeks ago: time for another

What's your favourite film?
Duck Soup

What is your favourite prepared product?
Coopers Oxford Marmalade

Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade?
Groucho Marx (soups), Fernand Point (fish), Claudia Fleming (desserts), Keith Floyd (on the sauce)

If you had more time, what would you do?

Rowley Leigh, chef-proprietor, Le Café Anglais

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