What do you normally have for breakfast?
Toast with cream cheese and Marmite
What do you do to relax?
Which is your favourite restaurant?
The Ledbury in London
What’s your favourite hotel?
Ham Yard in London
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Undercooked bacon – got to be crispy
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Chocolate and sea buckthorn
What do you always carry with you?
An endless sense of optimism
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Phil Howard. Best chef in London, been through a lot, stuck to what he believes in food-wise
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Raymond Blanc, I defy anyone to not be inspired after spending time with him
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
Being on Love Island or Big Brother
What irritates you most about the industry?
People’s perception of it. It’s such a great industry but parents seem reluctant for their kids to do it, and this creates a recruitment problem
What’s your favourite film?
Ace Ventura or anything by Wes Anderson
Who would play “you” in a film about your life?
Russell Crowe or Jackie Chan
What is your favourite prepared product?
Truefoods chicken stock
Who would be in your “fantasy” brigade?
Raymond Blanc (inspirational legend); Keith Floyd (I would have loved to have met him); Grant Achatz at Alinea (most exciting meal I’ve ever had); Matty Shipley (sous chef at Ascot, he’s been with me for years); and my grandma (she’s a great cook, and would keep them all in line)
If you had more time, what would you do?
Get my golf handicap down
You need to create an account to read this article. It's free and only requires a few basic details.
Already subscribed? Log In