Chef revelations: Tom Duffill

06 January 2017 by
Chef revelations: Tom Duffill

The head chef at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe in London reveals his likes and pet hates

What was your first job?

Washing up in a local pub

What was your first job in catering?

Kitchen porter and salad tosser

What do you do to relax?

I'm afraid my 14-month-old daughter doesn't let me!

What is your favourite drink?

Bottle of Tiger or a whisky sour or both

What is your favourite food?

Black-pepper crab with brioche dumplings

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

Tinned tuna

What flavour combinations do you detest?

None really, but I do hate food that's underseasoned

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Chris Galvin

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

Anthony Demetre

What daily newspaper do you read?

The Metro and Vice Munchies

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

A lottery winner

Describe your ultimate nightmare

Doing a job I hated

When and where was your last holiday?

I've had time off, but my last holiday was before my daughter was born

What irritates you most about the industry?

Staff giving poor excuses when they disappear in the middle of the night

What is your favourite prepared product?

Pork pie

When did you last eat a hamburger?

A few weeks ago

What's your favourite film?

The Empire Strikes Back

What's your favourite book?

Lord of the Rings. I read it when I was a kid and it took me nearly a year

Who would be in your fantasy brigade?

Alain Passard on the pass, Anthony Demetre on meat, Stephane Jego on fish, Petter Nisson on garnish, Chris and Jeff Galvin on larder and Janice Wong on pastry

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