What was your best subject at school?
It wasn’t my best, but graphic design was definitely my favourite
What was your first job?
I had two paper rounds at the same time, one on a Thursday and the other on a Friday, both after school
What was your first job in catering?
I started pot-washing at a local pub, which is also where I began to cook
What do you normally have for breakfast?
During the week it’s a bowl of cereal and a banana, and on my days off I like to have crumpets or beans on toast
What do you do to relax?
I’m not sure I really know how to relax, but I guess going out cross-country on my bike is a good time to clear my head
What’s your favourite hotel?
There are so many! I had a great stay at the Manor House in Castle Combe. Gidleigh Park in Newton Abbot is very special too
What is your favourite drink?
A smoky, peaty, single-malt whisky, like 16-year-old Lagavulin
What is your favourite cuisine?
For me, you just can’t beat good, honest, British dinners
Are there any ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
I don’t know about straight up refusal, but I haven’t found a place for avocado in any of my dishes. It just doesn’t excite me
Which person in catering have you most admired?
I’ve always admired [chef at Alinea in Chicago] Grant Achatz, for his interpretation and ability to think outside of the box. I find the way he has pushed through his personal struggles inspirational, too
What daily newspaper/ website do you read?
None, I tend to avoid mainstream media as I feel it’s full of biased views and scaremongering
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
My life has its trials and tribulations, but I wouldn’t be anyone else
When did you last eat a hamburger?
Every Saturday – for staff dinner
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
I’ve had a few over the years where I’ve woken up thinking I’ve forgotten to order venison… Not a nice experience at 4am!