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Revelations: James Knappett

11 July 2014
Revelations: James Knappett

James Knappett, head chef at Bubbledogs and Kitchen Table, London

What do you do to relax? Forage for menu inspiration at Kitchen Table

What do you normally have for breakfast? Yogurt with fruit

What's your favourite restaurant?
Per Se in New York

What's your favourite hotel?
Le Méridien, in Vienna

What's your favourite cuisine?
Asian

What flavour combinations do you detest?
Anything with Campari

What's your favourite drink?
A proper cup of English Breakfast tea

What do you always carry with you?
A Moleskin notebook and a Sharpie pen

Which person in catering have you most admired? Thomas Keller

What newspaper do you read?
Observer Food Monthly

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Del Boy

Describe your ultimate nightmare Having my tongue cut out

When and where was your last holiday?
Edinburgh during the Easter break

What irritates you most about the industry?
Young chefs who open restaurants and don't fully understand the trade yet

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now? Arsenal manager

What's your favourite film?

Who would play you in a film about your life? Jack Nicholson

Who would be in your fantasy brigade?
Thomas Keller on the pass, Jonathan Benno (Lincoln Restaurant, New York), Alice Hall (pastry chef at 34, Mayfair), Junya Yamasaki (Koya, Soho), John Walton (No.6, Padstow), Russell Bateman (Colette's at the Grove) and Nick Streetbrown (Coast Restaurant & Bar, Hervey Bay)

What is your favourite prepared product? Hot-cross buns

If you had more time, what would you do?
Sleep, and then sleep some more

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