Revelations: Marcus Eaves, executive chef, Oblix restaurant at the Shard, London

26 February 2021
Revelations: Marcus Eaves, executive chef, Oblix restaurant at the Shard, London

What was your first job in catering?

Washing up at a local hotel. I absolutely loved it. It was my first insight into the energy, drive and hard work that goes into running a busy kitchen

What do you normally have for breakfast?

Shreddies, a childhood favourite

What do you do to relax?

I meditate three or four times a week

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Bras in Laguiole, France

What's your favourite hotel?

Lime Wood in Lyndhurst, Hampshire

What is your favourite drink?

Amaretto sour

What is your favourite cuisine?

Right now it's West African cuisine – jollof rice is a new favourite

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

Starfruit, sorry to all the starfruit lovers out there

What flavour combinations do you detest?

Tinned tuna and sweetcorn. People love it, but I can't stand it. Just thinking about it makes me cringe

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Andreas Antona. He gave me my first full-time job aged 16. He continues to give back to the industry through his restaurants, his work with University College Birmingham and the Bocuse d'Or UK Academy. He's been described by many as "the Godfather of Birmingham's restaurant scene" and I would have to agree

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

Martin Blunos, the first two-Michelin-starred chef I worked for, at Lettonie [in Bristol]. He had an incredible work ethic – no matter how early I arrived at the restaurant, he would always be there, working away

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

Banksy. I'm not one for the limelight, anonymity would suit me down to the ground

Describe your ultimate nightmare?

Being in a situation where I'm wishing my life away. Waking up on a Monday morning wishing it was Friday; starting work at 9am wishing it was 5pm... That really would be a nightmare!

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

Rowan Atkinson

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