David Everitt-MatthiasWhat was your first job?
Apprentice at the five-star Inn On the Park (now the Four Seasons London Park Lane)
 
What was your first job in catering?
Preparing six crates of spinach
 
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Poached egg, chicken, pink grapefruit
 
What do you do to relax?
Read, listen to music and forage
 
Which is your favourite restaurant?
Pierre Gagnaire, Paris
 
What’s your favourite hotel?
Michel Trama in Puymirol
 
What is your favourite drink?
Guinness

Which ingredient do you hate the most? 
Kiwi fruit
 
What do you always carry with you? 
My wits

Which person in catering have you most admired? 
Ramon Pajares
 
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration? 
Pierre Koffmann
 
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take? 
A Laguiole hunting knife

What daily newspaper/website do you read? 
The BBC website
 
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now? 
I would either have played cricket or become a money broker
 
If a film was made about your life, who would you get to play you? 
With the silver hair it would have to be either Richard Gere or George Clooney
 
When and where was your last holiday? 
Michel Bras, Laguiole
 
What irritates you most about the industry? 
The bullshit and pomposity
 
When did you last eat a hamburger? 
Two years ago at the Chunnel
 
What’s your favourite film? 
It’s a Wonderful Life
 
What’s your favourite book? 
Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
 
What is your favourite prepared product? 
Marmite
 
Who would be in your “fantasy” brigade? 
Phil Howard, the Square; Pierre Gagnaire, Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire; Glynn Purnell, Purnell’s Restaurant; Brett Graham, the Ledbury; and some of my chefs, George Blogg, Le Champignon Sauvage; Sam Miller, Noma; Clive Dixon; Gary Pearce, In de Wulf, Belgium; Lisa Allen, Northcote; Anthony Rush, private household, formally Per Se
 
If you had more time, what you do? 
Paint and write more

David Everitt-Matthias is chef-proprietor of the two-Michelin-starred Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham