What was your best subject at school?
What was your first job?
I was 17 and on a Youth Training Scheme in a Mexican kitchen, Chimmy Chungas, on Great Western Road in Glasgow
What do you normally have for breakfast?
What do you do to relax?
I have three Weimaraner dogs, so I take them for walks out on the hills in Perthshire
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Per Se in New York
What's your favourite hotel?
The Waldorf Astoria in New York
What is your favourite drink?
Bourbon on the rocks – three ice cubes and a slice of lime
What is your favourite cuisine?
Which ingredient do you refuse to cook with?
Table salt – I much prefer sea salt
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Thomas Keller – he has taken the food scene on a long journey and he promotes local suppliers
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
My three dogs
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
What irritates you most about the industry?
When developing younger chefs isn't a focus. I believe more effort should be put into this in every business
What's your favourite film?
Kelly's Heroes or 13 Hours
Who would play "you" in a film about your life?
What's your favourite book?
The French Laundry Cookbook
Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade?
Sat Bains, Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc
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