We delve into the life and inner thoughts of a top chef. This week: Yousuf Mohammed, head chef, Tsaretta Spice, Twickenham
What was your best subject at school?
I was very fond of physics. I liked experimenting, which has helped me in the kitchen
What was your first job?
A sales executive at a private firm
What was your first job in catering?
I was a trainee chef with my father
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Boiled or scrambled eggs with brown bread and a hot cup of tea
What do you do to relax?
Which is your favourite restaurant?
I love Bombay Brasserie
What's your favourite hotel?
I find the Taj Group of hotels very exciting, the royalty served there amazes me
What is your favourite drink?
Fresh lime soda. All-time favourite
What is your favourite cuisine?
I love French delicacies
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Being a chef I love spices, but star anise has a very strong flavour which can be hit or miss
Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
I try to avoid frozen food
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Chef Vineet Bhatia
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
I would be a panda who sleeps the whole day and still everyone would love me
Tell us a secret...
I am scared of cats
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
Maybe a software engineer
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
That I couldn't attend my mother's funeral because of Covid
What's your favourite film?
Titanic is one I can watch again and again
Who would play "you" in a film about your life?
Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan –I love his acting
What's your favourite book?
I Too Had A Love Story by Ravinder Singh
If you had more time, what would you do?
I would have relaxed more and gone on a world tour