What was your first job?
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Coffee and sometimes a cheeky Wetherspoons breakfast
Which is your favourite restaurant?
If it were still open, it’d be WD-50
What’s your favourite hotel?
A traditional long house in Vietnam, where my partner and I stayed. Elephant watching while having breakfast – what more could you want?
What is your favourite drink?
A nice, full-bodied red – there’s the usual suspects, but I recently trekked around Eastern Europe and discovered a lot of people making some truly great wines
What is your favourite food/cuisine?
Anything the other half makes
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Baby sweetcorn, it tastes like grass clippings
Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
Kidneys – that smell!
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Chocolate and chilli
What do you always carry with you?
A picture of my late nan and grandad
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Thomas Keller. I had the great experience of eating at the French Laundry when I lived in the Napa Valley, California
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Simon Haigh, former head chef at the Mallory Court hotel in Leamington Spa
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Ben Fogle, the man is a legend
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now
I was very close to going into the RAF, so who knows!
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
You know the scene in Indiana Jones where he’s trapped in the room that’s getting smaller with all the snakes? Well that, but with millipedes instead. Nasty little things!
When and where was your last holiday?
Bratislava, Slovakia, in January
Who would play “you” in a film about your life?
Gimli from Lord of the Rings