Chef revelations: Simon Jenkins, executive pastry chef, Marcus Wareing Group
What was your best subject at school?
What was your first job?
Barrow boy on a fruit and veg stall
Which is your favourite restaurant?
What's your favourite hotel?
What is your favourite drink?
Mount Gay Extra Old Rum and blackcurrant
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
None - I think you need to be more open-minded than that
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Strawberry and balsamic
What do you do to relax?
What do you always carry with you?
Small cranked handle/step palette knife, and a trusted blue scraper
How would you describe your desk?
Organised and meticulous
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Michel Roux Sr
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
My first pastry chef, Michael Taylor
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
My Saji Ironwood Japanese knife
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
I'd be a carpenter
What irritates you most about the industry?
Pastry chefs not being recognised for their skills
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
Working with unmotivated people
When and where was your last holiday?
Summer 2014 in New York
Tell us a secret…
I've cooked in Pakistan
Who would play "you" in a film about your life? James McAvoy
What's your favourite book?
Long Way Down and Long Way Round by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
What is your favourite prepared product?