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Revelations: Ben Dutson, divisional executive chef, Sodexo Sports and Leisure

21 February 2020
Ben Dutson

What do you normally have for breakfast?

Toast with cream cheese and Marmite

What do you do to relax?

Golf

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?

David Attenborough

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

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