What was your best subject at school?
What was your first job?
Working in my stepmum's florist
What was your first job in catering?
Kitchen porter at the Manor House in Oban
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Espresso and a Berocca
What do you do to relax?
Listen to music; mostly the Who
Which is your favourite restaurant?
St John's, but I am also very partial to a Greggs
What's your favourite hotel?
The Manor House, where I started
What is your favourite food?
Classic French – anything slow-cooked
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Chilli and chocolate
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Fergus Henderson, the man is a genius
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
I take great inspiration from both Anthony Demetre and Bryn Williams – both of whom I was lucky enough to work for
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
A sparky, probably working with my brother
What is your favourite prepared product?
Big Tom tomato juice. I use it in so much
When and where was your last holiday?
Mallorca, over a year ago
What irritates you most about the industry?
What's your favourite film?
Who would play "you" in a film about your life?
What's your favourite book?
I am a big fan of the Jack Reacher novels
Tell us a secret...
I once ate 36 Greggs pastries in 24 hours
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