What was your best subject at school?
What was your first job?
A trainee at Taj Palace in New Delhi
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Turmeric and ginger tonic and chia
What do you do to relax?
Long walks in the British countryside when the weather is good, or I watch documentaries with a hot cup of tea
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Right now, I'm enjoying Brat
What's your favourite hotel?
The Temple House in Chengdu, China. One of the most unique, memorable and beautiful experiences I've had
What is your favourite drink?
Negroni by the Connaught bar's master mixologist Agostino Perrone
What is your favourite cuisine?
Yunnan cuisine from China
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
What flavour combinations do you detest?
I've never warmed to olive oil and ice-cream
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
What do you always carry with you?
Le Répertoire de la Cuisine – it's always in my kitchens
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Frank Lloyd Wright
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
If the world ran out of turmeric!
What's your favourite film?
I love all of David Attenborough's documentaries
What irritates you most about the industry?
Low salaries are discouraging younger chefs who want to cook to pursue what they love
What's your favourite book?
Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
If you had more time, what would you do?
I would learn to fly
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