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Revelations: Shiri Kraus, head chef, Haya, Notting Hill

03 April 2020
Revelations: Shiri Kraus, head chef, Haya, Notting Hill

What was your best subject at school?

Biology

What was your first job?

I worked at a pet shop

What was your first job in catering?

I was a bartender in a night club

What do you normally have for breakfast?

I don't usually have time for breakfast. When I do, it's Israeli style – eggs, bread, salad, tahini and coffee

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Uri Buri in Acre, Israel

What's your favourite hotel?

The Arthur hotel in Jerusalem. But I'm not really a hotel person

What is your favourite drink?

Gin and tonic or arak (neat)

What is your favourite cuisine?

Anything Japanese or Middle Eastern

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

Coriander, because it tastes like soap. But I'm not a huge fan of black liquorice either

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

My grandmother, who taught me how to cook

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

Soap and a sharp knife

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

I don't want to be anyone else

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

Probably working with animals

Describe your ultimate nightmare?

Spiders!

Tell us a secret...

I love singing, but am pretty terrible at it

What's your favourite film?

Reservoir Dogs

What's your favourite book?

Pope Joan by Emmanouel D Rhoides

What is your favourite prepared product?

Harissa

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

Probably Lili Taylor

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