Revelations: Dorian Janmaat, head chef, the Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall

07 January 2021
Revelations: Dorian Janmaat, head chef, the Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall

What was your best subject at school?

Art and design

What was your first job?

My dad's sous chef

What was your first job in catering?

Pizza chef in Penzance

What do you normally have for breakfast?

Triple espresso

What do you do to relax?

Go out for a drive and a nice coastal walk. And if the weather isn't great, Fifa and a few beers

Which is your favourite restaurant?

I really loved Trinity by Adam Byatt when I visited a few years ago. I still remember the beef tartare with pickled mushrooms and caviar – so good

What's your favourite hotel?

MGM Grand in Las Vegas

What is your favourite cuisine?


Which ingredient do you hate?


Are there any ingredients that you refuse to cook with?

Food colouring – when it's overused, it's just wrong

What flavour combinations do you detest?

Cheese and cranberry

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Raymond Blanc. One of the most caring people you will ever meet

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

My Le Manoir mentor Gary Jones

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

Proper Dutch mayonnaise

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

James Hunt, the racing driver

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

A Formula One driver – but I'm too tall and good looking!

What's your favourite film?

Shawshank Redemption – classic

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

Patrick Swayze in Point Break

What's your favourite book?

The only book I've ever read: My Story by Steven Gerrard

What is your favourite prepared product?

Tosazu vinegar – it's a dashi bonito vinegar

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