Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Revelations: Yuma Hashemi, chef-patron, the Drunken Butler

09 December 2018 by
Revelations: Yuma Hashemi, chef-patron, the Drunken Butler

What do you normally have for breakfast?

Oysters. Actually, I don't normally have breakfast, but I'll always take a stroll to Broadway Market first thing and try what fun things they have on offer. It's usually an oyster

What was your best subject at school?

Hide and seek

What was your first job in catering?

I worked in a traditional Biergarten [a traditional beer garden] in Berlin

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

Surfing around the world

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Hill & Szrok on Broadway Market and L'Exquis in Bordeaux

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Pierre Gagnaire

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

Raisins

Who would play "you" in a film about your life?

Bill Murray

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

My sister. She has always supported me, had my back, and inspired me to travel and discover the world

What's your favourite hotel?

Hôtel Amour in Paris

What's your favourite film?

Broken Flowers

What do you do to relax?

It used to be yoga, but these days it's sharpening my knives after service. It really calms me down

What irritates you most about the industry?

False expectations and impatience. There is sometimes a view, especially from younger people, that they should be commanding a certain salary at a very young age. It's important to work hard and they will be rewarded. Our industry is brilliant at recognising talented individuals

Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade?

Mattia Gerundio, who works with me at the Drunken Butler, Jamie Allen (Hill & Szrok), Sam Kamienko (Leroy), Clare Smyth (Core), Tetsuroh Miyamoto (L'Exquis) and Pierre Gagnaire

Get The Caterer every week on your smartphone, tablet, or even in good old-fashioned hard copy (or all three!).

Continue reading

You need to be a premium member to view this. Subscribe from just 99p per week.

Already subscribed?

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking