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Chef revelations: Emil Tryka

14 April 2017 by
Chef revelations: Emil Tryka

The head chef at Cha Chaan Teng in London's Holborn reveals his likes and dislikes

What was your first job in catering? Chef apprentice

What do you normally have for breakfast? Usually just coffee and a cigarette

What do you do to relax? Play my PlayStation

What's your favourite restaurant?
Menega Cafe in Jimbaran, Bali

What's your favourite drink? Beer

What's your favourite cuisine?
Polish cuisine

Are there any foods that you refuse to cook with? I refuse to cook with foie gras; no animal should suffer just to make humans happy

What flavour combinations do you detest? Olives and white chocolate

If not yourself, who would you rather have been? No one! I'm happy with who I am.

What's your favourite hotel? I prefer to stay at home

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

It would have to be beer

What do you always carry with you? A smile

What daily newspaper/ website do you read? I stay up to date with the BBC and the Metro, London Evening Standard, The Times and The Daily Mail

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

When and where was your last holiday?
My honeymoon last year. We went to Dubai and the Maldives

What irritates you most about the industry?
I can't give you a short answer on this one; I'd probably have to write a book to tell you

Who would play you in a film about your life?
Adam Sandler

What's your favourite book?
The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien

Who would be in your fantasy brigade?
Maciej Darowski, Adam Szczygło, Tomas, Dan, Mateusz, Jarek and Kay Kay. They all work with me at Cha Chaan Teng. I was lucky in that I could choose my team and my friends chose to join me on this journey.

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