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Chef Revelations – Steve Drake

13 January 2012
Chef Revelations – Steve Drake

What was your best subject at school?
Physics, not home economics

What was your first job in catering?
Making bacon sandwiches in a transport café

What do you normally have for breakfast?
Four Weetabix

Which is your favourite restaurant?
I have two - Michel Bras' Bras and Pascal Barbot's l'Astrance

What's your favourite hotel?
Hostellerie Le Cèdre in Beaune (they don't mind our daughter making lots of noise)

What is your favourite drink?
Coffee, real ale

What is your favourite cuisine?
I love rediscovering British food culture

Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Baby sweetcorn
Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
Spam - I can't open the tins

What do you always carry with you?
My Swiss Army knife

Which person in catering have you most admired?
David Everitt-Matthias - I admire his focus

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Recently, René Redzepi at MAD Foodcamp in Copenhagen

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
A notebook and pencil, oh - and a pencil sharpener

What daily newspaper/website do you read?
BBC News, The Times

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Sir Jackie Stewart

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be?
Running a bookshop or working in adventure travel
Describe your ultimate nightmare
Losing my iPhone

When and where was your last holiday?
Mont Blanc, Chamonix

Tell us a secret…
I am an Essex boy

When did you last eat a hamburger?
September 2007

What's your favourite film?
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (it's a girly one)
What irritates you most about the industry?
Restaurants pretending that they serve local produce

Who would play you in a film about your life?
Tom Hanks

What's your favourite music?
Kings of Leon, Razorlight, Manic Street Preachers

What's your favourite book?
The Independent Cook by Jeremy Round

What is your favourite prepared food product?
Marmite

Who would be in your fantasy brigade?
Daniel Patterson, Coi; Sat Bains (he makes me laugh so much); Michael Wall-Palmer, my brilliant head chef; Brett Graham, the Ledbury

What do you do to relax?
Sleep

If you had more time, what would you do?
Read more, run more

Steve Drake, chef-patron, Drake's

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