What was your first job?
What was your first job in catering?
I was a pot washer at 14
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Protein oats and banana
What do you do to relax?
I take my mates rock climbing, followed by a boozy lunch and a big night on the town
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Tom Brown’s Cornerstone in London’s Hackney Wick
What’s your favourite hotel?
The Belmond Cadogan in Chelsea, home to Adam Handling’s restaurant, which is so much fun
What is your favourite drink?
At the moment… two parts San Pellegrino, one part fresh lime juice and one part vodka. It’s my new tipple
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Vegetables that have no place being in a dessert
What do you always carry with you?
A small knife with a sheath, which is in my pocket at all times at work. I must use it more than 100 times every day. It’s the most useful thing in a kitchen
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Phil Howard. I’ve been with him for seven years!
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
Someone to play with
What daily newspaper/website do you read?
I’m not that cultured
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
I have a pretty good time, but I think Leonardo DiCaprio has a better one!
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
Probably an actor or a Royal Marines commando
Tell us a secret...
I have no secrets. I’m far too open and honest for my own good and I’ll tell anyone anything. For instance, I too often polish off a family-size box of Maltesers on my own
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