What was your best subject at school?
Maths, chemistry, and social and economic history
What was your first job?
A morning paper round
What was your first job in catering?
Peeling the spuds for the Sunday roast
What do you normally have for breakfast?
A double espresso, a glass of water and a ripe banana
What do you do to relax?
Play squash, go on long walks with my dogs and every so often I do absolutely nothing at all
Which is your favourite restaurant?
El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, and Café Spice in St Helier
What's your favourite hotel?
Ellerman House, Cape Town. It's a fabulous place to relax
What is your favourite drink?
Can't go wrong with an Old Fashioned
What is your favourite food?
Simple Italian salads
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Lichen or moss. It hates me, really – I'm totally allergic to it
Are there any ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Anything with lichen
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Michel Roux, he's an absolute gent and lovely man. He's an icon for our industry
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
John Cleese's lectures, videos and articles on creativity. They completely changed the way I developed ideas
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
Being reincarnated in a dystopian future with nothing but lichen to eat
What irritates you most about the industry?
Customers who have non-genuine dietary requirements that change throughout a meal
What's your favourite film?
Blade Runner 2049
What's your favourite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
What is your favourite prepared product?
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