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Chef revelations – Tristin Farmer

02 October 2012
Chef revelations – Tristin Farmer

What was your first job in catering?
I left school at 16 and started working as a kitchen porter at the Peat Inn, near St Andrews

What's your favourite restaurant?
Meat Liquor

What's your favourite hotel?
Al Quasr in Dubai

What is your favourite food/cuisine?
I love a curry or steak and chips

Which person in catering have you most admired?
David Wilson from the Peat Inn, my first head chef, who was still on the pass at 75!

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Gordon Ramsay

What flavour combinations do you detest?
Anything with lavender in it

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
An F1 driver

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Johnny Depp, Anthony Kiedis, Thierry Henry and Ewan McGregor

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
Either a complete dreamer or a musician

What would be your last supper?
My mum's shepherd's pie

Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Marmite

What irritates you most about the industry?
Chefs not working their notice period

Who would play you in a film about your life?
James McAvoy

What is your favourite prepared food product?
Tomato ketchup

What's your favourite book?
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Who would be in your fantasy brigade?
Canapés - Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park; larder - Simon Rogan, L'Enclume; fish - Peter Gilmore, Quay; meat - David Chang, Momofuku; garnish - Alain Passard; pastry - Jordi Roca, El Celler de Can Roca; on the pass - Mark Askew, Cirrus Inns.

Tristin Farmer, head chef, Maze

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