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Revelations: Igor Tymchyshyn, head chef, Orrery, London

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Revelations: Igor Tymchyshyn, head chef, Orrery, London

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?
Daniel Craig

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

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