The head chef at the Empire Room, Royal Harbour hotel in Ramsgate, Kent shares his likes and dislikes
What was your first job?
A plongeur in the Conservatory, a small restaurant in Ramsgate, Kent, when I was 14
What do you do to relax?
I spend time with my wife, Gemma, and our three young boys, Noah, Alfie and Oscar
Which is your favourite restaurant?
It must be the Empire Room as I spend 15 hours a day here. But away from work, Wheelers Oyster Bar in Whitstable is special
What's your favourite hotel?
I have special memories of Mallory Court in Leamington Spa, where I spent four years
What is your favourite drink?
A pint of local real ale
What flavour combinations do you detest?
A 1970s trifle with carton custard, packet jelly, tinned fruit and squirty cream
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Simon Haigh, head chef at Mallory Court. He took me in as a commis straight out of college and really developed my skills to a Michelin-star level
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
A barrel of local Gadds' beer from the Ramsgate Brewery. It's a great drink, but I could also try using the keg to make a dingy.
What is your favourite prepared product? Cheese; I do like some after-service cheese and biscuits. I'm partial to Kentish Brie and Camembert.
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Jimmy Doherty of Jimmy's Farm
Tell us a secret…
I love crunchy peanut butter and Bovril, together, on toast
What irritates you most about the industry? Government cutbacks in catering colleges, which I feel, having spent five years teaching, has been one of the reasons for the lack of chefs in the industry
What's your favourite book?Where Chefs Eat by Joe Warwick