What was your best subject at school?
Either maths or art
What was your first job?
As a kitchen porter in a family-run Italian restaurant
What was your first job in catering?
In the same restaurant as a commis chef, picking parsley and debearding mussels
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Poached eggs or if I'm in a rush it's a porridge pot
What do you do to relax?
I take my dogs for a long walk then home for a decent cup of tea
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Perthshire. It's amazing. But my favourite meal has to be at Core by Clare Smyth in London
What's your favourite hotel?
What is your favourite drink?
Spiced rum with a squeeze of lime and ice, or red wine
What is your favourite food/cuisine?
Italian every time! So simple yet so tasty
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Fennel or dill
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
When I was growing up I loved Gordon Ramsay. I had all his books and loved his drive and love of great food
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
A bottle of Krug Champagne
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
I don't ever see myself as wanting to be someone else. The only thing I'd want to be is my dog. That dog lives the life of a king!
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
I would be a criminal photographer, and I've often thought about being a firefighter. Anything with adrenaline or fear is where I would have ended up. I live for that rush and pressure.
Who would play "you" in a film about your life?
Megan Fox... because she's gorgeous. Ha ha
What irritates you most about the industry?
Some people have massive egos. We should all be humble and support each other.
What is your favourite prepared product?
Co-op Irresistible salt and vinegar crisps
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