Revelations: Great British Menu's Andy Scollick, head chef, the Boat House, Bangor, County Down

28 April 2021
Revelations: Great British Menu's Andy Scollick, head chef, the Boat House, Bangor, County Down

Ahead of his appearance on Great British Menu this evening, we caught up with Andy Scollick, head chef, the Boat House, Bangor, County Down.

What was your best subject at school?

PE

What was your first job?

Commis at the Salty Dog in Bangor

What do you normally have for breakfast?

Coffee and Weetabix

What do you do to relax?

Cook experimentally

Which is your favourite restaurant?

OX Belfast

What's your favourite hotel?

Ikos Olivia, Greece

What is your favourite drink?

Sugar-free Monster

What is your favourite food/cuisine?

Classical French

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

Turmeric

Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with? If so, why?

Tofu, because of its texture and taste

What flavour combinations do you detest?

Christmas pudding and custard

What do you always carry with you?

Insulin pen/blood monitor

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Massimo Bottura

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

Tim Brunton (previous head chef at Salty Dog and the Boat House)

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

A barbecue

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

Wayne Gretzky

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

A vet

Describe your ultimate nightmare?

Drowning

When and where was your last holiday?

Santa Pola, Spain

Tell us a secret...

I played ice hockey for the Junior Belfast Giants

What irritates you most about the industry?

My restaurant manager

When did you last eat a hamburger?

Two weeks ago (from our sister food truck, the Salty Pup Truck)

What's your favourite film?

Mystery, Alaska

Who would play "you" in a film about your life?

Jason Momoa

What's your favourite book?

Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef, by Massimo Bottura

What is your favourite prepared product?

NearyNógs chocolate

Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade?

Ben Murphy (Launceston Place), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Farm), Tommy Banks (the Black Swan)

If you had more time, what would you do?

Travel

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