What was your best subject at school?
I think it was probably history
What was your first job?
I worked as a commis waiter in a Beefeater
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Tea and painkillers I'm afraid – the kitchen has taken its toll!
What do you do to relax?
I like reading and listening to music. I love all types of music. I mostly listen to 60s, 70s and 80s tracks as that's what my mum and dad used to listen to when I was growing up. When I get time, I also like to play golf. I've played for about 10 years, but I'm a bit of a late bloomer and I'm not that good – yet!
Which is your favourite restaurant?
St John in London is fantastic. The food, the feel, the people – how everything that comes through the door is treated with the utmost respect. It's simple cooking, but so much more
What's your favourite hotel?
Probably South Place hotel in London. I worked at Angler, which is on the top floor. The food was out of this world and the place has a good buzz about it
What is your favourite drink?
You can't beat a cup of tea
What is your favourite food?
It has probably got to be rustic British
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
I know this will be controversial but it's avocado – to me, it tastes like nothing
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
April Bloomfield at the Spotted Pig in New York – she gave me great opportunities and taught me a great deal
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
Golf clubs – I could use all that time working on my swing
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Thomas Keller – the chef and proprietor of the French Laundry in the Napa Valley, California
Tell us a secret...
I honestly don't have any. I live my whole life out loud (which I've been asked several times to stop doing)
What irritates you most about the industry?
The way that some guests are. I understand we are in hospitality and I want everyone that comes in to have an amazing time, but some people don't see how absurd they are being a lot of the time!
What's your favourite film?
Remember the Titans
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