Paul Hood, Social Eating House

What was your first job in catering?
Kitchen assistant/commis chef at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon
What do you do to relax?
Fishing
What’s your favourite restaurant?
In the UK, the Ledbury, abroad 
De Karmeliet, Bruges
What’s your favourite hotel?
Goodwood Park, Singapore
What is your favourite cuisine?
I’ve always loved good flavoured, well cooked Indian cuisine

What’s your favourite drink?
Dark ale
How would you describe your desk?
Everything is clean and tidy (drilled into me by Jason Atherton)
What flavour combinations do you detest?
I cannot stand chocolate and mint
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Thomas Keller – his whole philosophy is amazing
 
If you hadn’t gone into catering, where do you think you’d be now? 
I always wanted to be a fireman
What’s your favourite film? 
The Shawshank Redemption
Describe your ultimate 
nightmare
Walking into work and finding all the chefs had bolted and we had 100 for lunch
Tell us a secret…
I actually failed food technology and home economics miserably by getting an F at school
What ingredient do you hate the most?
Green bell peppers
What irritates you most about the industry?
Young chefs that try to run before they can walk
What’s your 
favourite prepared product?
Branston Pickle 
Who would play you in a film about your life?
Russell Crowe
What’s your favourite book?
At the moment it would be Grant Achatz’ Life on the Line
Who would be in your
fantasy brigade? 
Mark Askew; Phil Howard; Anthony Boyd (ex Glasshouse and La Trompette); Sat Bains; Tom Kerridge; Stephen Terry; Jason Atherton and Thomas Keller on the pass, keeping them all in check, and Moses from Brazil (Montes) and Eve (the madman KP, formerly from Maze) on potwash