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Revelations: Matthew Ryle, MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 finalist

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Revelations: Matthew Ryle, MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 finalist

What was your first job?
My first job age 13 was washing cars – me and my brother did it every weekend. I moved on to bigger things the next year, making baguettes and coffees in a local shop

What was your first job in catering?
Local Michelin-starred L’Ortolan in Reading, Berkshire

What do you normally have for breakfast?
I’m a sucker for Marmite on toast. I love a bowl of porridge and blueberries in the colder months

What do you do to relax?
When it’s not too cold, I love a day or two fishing

Which is your favourite restaurant?
Very tough, there are so many great restaurants in London. It has to be Sabor, Cornerstone a close second

What’s your favourite hotel?
I love staying at Coworth Park. Me and my girlfriend have a yearly birthday tradition of going there

What is your favourite cuisine?
I love eating all cuisines, it would be a toss-up between Italian/Spanish/Japanese

How would you describe your desk?
Super-clean and organised, borderline OCD

Which person in catering have you most admired?
My college lecturer, David Boland. The knowledge and understanding he had about food was infectious. Along with food he taught discipline, punctuality and hard work – all the things you need to be a great chef

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
It would have to be a speaker – I love a bit of music. The right tune can always perk me up

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
I’m happy being myself, life’s good

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
I think I would have gone to uni, completed a degree in something I didn’t 100% believe in, and be off travelling somewhere now

Describe your ultimate nightmare?
Being trapped in a room that slowly starts filling up with water would be pretty horrible

Tell us a secret…
I enjoy the odd packet of Super Noodles


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