Revelations: Ollie Templeton, co-founder and executive chef, Carousel, London

14 August 2020
Revelations: Ollie Templeton, co-founder and executive chef, Carousel, London

What was your best subject at school?


What was your first job?

Sailing instructor

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Chilli Cool in London's Bloomsbury

What is your favourite drink?

Fizzy water

What is your favourite food?


Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with? If so, why?

Salmon – the industry is terrible and the fish is unethically farmed


What flavour combinations do you detest?

Orange squash and chocolate biscuits/toothpaste

Which person in catering have you most admired?

My mum

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

My dad and uncle

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?

A drum kit

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

Gandhi or Usain Bolt

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?

Architect or a town planner

What irritates you most about the industry?

Waste, plastic and egos

When did you last eat a hamburger?

With beef, maybe a year ago. With chicken, maybe in January

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

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

What is your favourite prepared product?

Rice triangles from 7Eleven in Tokyo

Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade?

The rat from Ratatouille (currently working at Chez Panisse in San Francisco), Mathieu Pérez (Bar Brutal, Barcelona), Ernesto Kut (Fayuca, Vancouver) Emme Prieto (Mesa Nòmada, Mexico City)

Photos: Shutterstock

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