Revelations – Lukas Pfaff

10 August 2011
Revelations – Lukas Pfaff

What was your first job? Paper boy in the Black Forest

What was your first job in catering? At my parents' place, Hotel Pfaff. I was responsible for washing salad and "priesting" and filleting the trout

What do you do to relax? I like to run a bit and spend time with my son, Liam

What is your favourite prepared food product? All salumi

What is your favourite restaurant? La Chassonette in Arles, South of France. It's a slow food restaurant with a biodynamic garden that supplies the kitchen

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration? Marco Pierre White

What's your favourite hotel? Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy. I used to go there with my father and we always ate split, grilled langoustines with lemon and oil

What is your favourite drink? I like a really well made margarita

Which ingredient do you hate the most? Truffle oil, and any similar chemically infused products

Tell us a secret… I finish my risotto with acidulated butter, but I am not giving you the recipe!

What flavour combinations do you detest? Chocolate and banana

What is your favourite food/cuisine? Italian, of course. I love its fierce regionality, how proud people are of the way they do things in their village/town/city

What do you always carry with you? My Lamy sketch pencil

Which person in catering have you most admired? Pierre Gagnaire

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take? The biggest Swiss army knife ever made

If not yourself, who would you rather have been? Ayrton Senna

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you'd be now? I would be a tailor; I actually started tailoring school. Funny I should end up at Sartoria on Savile Row

Who would play you in a film about your life? Dennis Hopper

Who would be in your fantasy brigade? Me - pasta; Alexis Gauthier - meat; Pierre Gagnaire - fish; Michele Bras - entremetier; My brother Gregor - pastry

Lukas Pfaff is head chef at Sartoria, London

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