What was your best
subject at school?
Sport – I never was a keen student
What was your first
job in catering?
Dishwasher and commis chef at Pygmalion in Covent Garden
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Bacon butty, pancakes, egg white omelette, porridge or the full monty
What do you do to relax?
I cycle in Richmond park or Dulwich park
Which is your favourite restaurant?
So many that I can’t say just one. In London there’s Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, Yauatcha and Street XO, and Pakta in Barcelona
What’s your favourite hotel?
D Maris Bay in Marmaris, Turkey
Which ingredients do you hate?
Bamboo shoots, curry powder and American mustard
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Too many spices – they mask the flavour
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
My dad. He taught me to work hard and to enjoy it, to respect and love everyone, and to be honest and fair at all times
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Mr Arjun Waney. I’m blessed to have him as my boss, he’s very compassionate, articulate and the most humble person I have ever met. His ethos is to look after your people and the rest will follow
What do you always carry with you?
Positiveness with a bundle of energy
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
Luxury for me is to spend time with my wife and twins
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
The owner of a château somewhere in the south of France. I’d make wine and have a casual restaurant with the best bar in town
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
A room full of snakes. I can’t even look at snakes on the TV
Tell us a secret…
I was the chef for the Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon Tour
What irritates you most about the industry?
No one wants to work hard – the hunger to learn has vanished
What’s your favourite film?
The Big Blue, Scarface, White Men Can’t Jump, Big Night and Jiro Dreams of Sushi