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Revelations: Oli Martin

31 July 2015
Revelations: Oli Martin

Oli Martin, head chef, Hipping Hall, Cumbria

What was your best subject at school?

What was your first job?
Paperboy

What was your first job in catering?
Potwash at Chicory restaurant in Lytham

What do you normally have for breakfast?
Quadruple espresso

Which is your favourite restaurant?
One of the best meals I've had was at Akrame, Paris

What is your favourite drink?
Estrella Inedit, at the moment

What is your favourite cuisine?
Thai food or anything spicy

Are there any ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
I hate cheap black pudding

What flavour combinations do you detest? Chocolate and chilli

What do you always carry with you?
A Sharpie pen

How would you describe your desk?
A clipboard next to my chopping board

Which person in catering have you most admired?
Grant Achatz

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration? My first head chef, Steven Shepherd, was the first to push me

If not yourself, who would you rather have been? Justin Timberlake

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
A boat

When and where was your last holiday?
Budapest, Hungary, in January

Tell us a secret…
I'm a chocoholic, I can't get enough - it's dangerous

What irritates you most about the industry?
People wanting to start at the top without putting the work in to get there

What's your favourite film?
The Shawshank Redemption

What's your favourite book?
Anything by Terry Pratchett

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