What was your best subject at school?
Practical lessons, such as working with wood and metal and ‘food tech' (as it was then)
What was your first job?
I had a paper round for £11 a week, then I worked on a go-kart track
What was your first job in catering?
I was a KP in a local restaurant
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Usually something boring like Weetabix or granola
What do you do to relax?
I take the dog for an extra-long walk, get away from technology and try to switch off
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Other than the Boat, Momofuku Ko in New York. An amazing team
What's your favourite hotel?
We have a stunning little boutique B&B in Lichfield called St Johns House, but if I'm travelling I usually stick with the Hiltons, mainly for the cookies
What is your favourite drink?
Estrella, Monkey 47 gin or Takamaka rum and coke
What is your favourite cuisine?
I love Indian food
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Avocados! I wouldn't use them if they grew in the garden!
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Let's set the record straight, pineapple doesn't belong on pizza
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Marcus Wareing, and Heston Blumenthal for turning a village pub into a world-recognised restaurant
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
Waking up in a pile of avocados
What's your favourite book?
Anything by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. He is a wealth of knowledge and experience
Tell us a secret...
Growing up I used to be a bit of a geek, so I'm quite partial to a bit of computer gaming. I find ‘popping a few UAVs' quite relaxing
What is your favourite prepared product?
French's mustard or pretty much anything pickled
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