We delve into the life and inner thoughts of a top chef. This week: Louise Maratty, commis chef, Seaham Hall, Durham
What was your best subject at school?
There were two – technology and history
What was your first job in catering?
Commis chef at Hardwick Hall hotel, County Durham
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Banana sandwiches, porridge or Weetabix with a yogurt drink
What do you do to relax?
Listen to music and colouring in
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Tomahawk on Newcastle Quayside
What's your favourite hotel?
I don't spend a lot of time in hotels, but I do admire the Ritz London
What is your favourite drink?
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Chilli and chocolate
What is your favourite food?
I love Swedish meatballs with pasta
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Michel Roux Jr
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
My grandma and mum
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Elon Musk – he is a clever man
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
My plan B was to be a lawyer
Tell us a secret...
I don't really have any – I'm an open book!
What irritates you most about the industry?
People not in the industry not understanding how hard and challenging it can be at times
When did you last eat a hamburger?
I am eating one while typing this
What's your favourite book?
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo – I've loved it since I was a kid
If you had more time, what would you do?
I would love to start my own business from home