What was your best subject at school?
PE was my best subject. I’ve always loved sports – I studied sports therapy at university
What was your first job?
Working at a wheat farm in my home country, Ukraine
What do you normally have for breakfast?
Porridge with a lot of mixed fruits
What do you do to relax?
I go to the gym and listen to music
Which is your favourite restaurant?
La Mar in Peru – the ceviche selection is just incredible. Qawana Lodge in Peru is also fantastic; it serves amazing, simple food and it has the most beautiful views of the Sacred Valleys
What’s your favourite hotel?
All of the Four Seasons hotels are fantastic
What is your favourite drink?
Zacapa XO, it’s a Guatemalan rum aged in French oak
What is your favourite food/cuisine?
I love food originating from Eastern Europe – it reminds me of home
What flavour combinations do you detest?
I’m not a big fan of really sweet desserts
What do you always carry with you?
I’ll always have my headphones with me so I can listen to music
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Marco Pierre White
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Jean-Christophe Novelli – he gave me great inspiration when I first came to England
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
At the gym, as a personal trainer
When did you last eat a hamburger?
Ten or 15 years ago… it was a long time ago, I can’t remember!
What’s your favourite film?
I love so many films, but any films based on real-life stories are usually my favourite
Who would play “you” in a film about your life?
What’s your favourite book?
Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography
Who would be in your “fantasy” brigade?
I’m lucky enough to have worked with a lot of talented chefs both at Orrery and in my previous position at the Mirabelle
If you had more time, what would you do?
I would travel more