What was your best subject at school?
What was your first job?
A commis at Taj Samudra in Colombo, Sri Lanka
What do you normally have for breakfast?
My daughter and I both love soft-boiled eggs
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Ministry of Crab in Sri Lanka
What's your favourite hotel?
The Dorchester, it's one of my favourite hotels ever since I first set eyes on it in the early 1990s
What is your favourite drink?
Single malt whisky
What is your favourite food/cuisine?
My favourite food would be steak, but I do love Thai cuisine, there's just so much flavour
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Fried ingredients. I also don't like to eat liquorice but I do like to cook with it
Which person in catering have you most admired?
As a child it would have to be Rick Stein; later in life, it is my predecessor at the Dorchester, Henry Brosi. I worked with him for 17 years
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Definitely my mum because she's always been very humble, kind, talented and hard-working
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
I actually wanted to be a pilot
Tell us a secret...
There's a lot of exciting projects to look out for at the Dorchester. We have just announced our rooftop restaurant and bar and we will have a very exciting collaboration later in the year. Stay tuned!
What irritates you most about the industry?
I think we can definitely improve our support of local farmers and producers, and focus more on using local resources
What's your favourite film?
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Who would play "you" in a film about your life?
Someone who is fun, energetic and loves food. Maybe Will Smith
What's your favourite book?
Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need by Jessica Battilana
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