What was your best subject at school?
I loved art – anything creative
What was your first job?
I was a pot wash at the Angel pub in Blyth, Nottinghamshire
What do you normally have for breakfast?
The sandwich of champions – sausage and baked beans
What do you do to relax?
Eat food, watch films and sleep
Which is your favourite restaurant?
L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria
What’s your favourite hotel?
Hôtel Le Bristol in Paris
What is your favourite drink?
Orange squash, the cheaper the better
What’s your favourite food?
Thai green curry
What’s your favourite cuisine?
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Chocolate and passion fruit
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Courgettes – I think they’re bland
Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
Tofu and avocado – I really don’t like the texture of either and think tofu can be pretty tasteless
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Joël Robuchon – one of the best chefs there has ever been, for his drive and perfectionism
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Michael Caines and my mum, of course!
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
Salt and a comfy bed
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
What irritates you most about the industry?
People not turning up for interviews
What’s your favourite film?
I think I’d have to say The Shawshank Redemption
Who would be in your “fantasy” brigade?
Rado Mitro from Ribe in Estonia; Jessica O’Keeffe from In Truffle We Trust in Manchester; and Liz Teague from the Tudor Farmhouse