What was your best subject at school?
What do you normally have for breakfast?
What was your first job in catering?
Potwasher, aged 15
Which is your favourite restaurant?
La Tupina, Bordeaux
What’s your favourite hotel?
The rooms at the Hand & Flowers
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Are there any foods you refuse to cook with?
Anything that is not in season and has to be flown in from the southern hemisphere and/or Tesco’s
What is your favourite drink?
What do you always carry with you?
Lots of keys
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
Sitting exams – I hated them
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Everyone who works in my restaurants
What would be your last supper?
Whole turbot cooked over charcoal, bottles of Txakoli wine, some sort of beach, sunset…
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
A record player
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
Trying to get into catering
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Tell us a secret…
I’m learning to make wine
What irritates you most about the industry?
People who don’t like hospitality
Who would play you in a film about your life?
What’s your favourite book?
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
What is your favourite prepared food product?
Who would be in your fantasy brigade?
Every chef from Anthony Blake’s Great Chefs of France, and Jiro Ono, sushi master