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Revelations: Liam Dillon, owner, the Boat Inn, Lichfield, Staffordshire

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Revelations: Liam Dillon, owner, the Boat Inn, Lichfield, Staffordshire

What was your best subject at school?

To be honest, I was very bad at school. I spent the whole time trying to get out of the bottom sets. I think my favourite lesson was business studies

What was your first job?

Paper round, working on a go-kart track and then pot-washing

What do you normally have for breakfast?

Something quick and easy, which tends to be a little fry-up

What do you do to relax?

The rare Tuesday night football game to watch the Villa, get hammered or wander around fancy car showrooms

What is your favourite drink?

Pre-service: frothy coffee and brown sugar; after service: rum and coke

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

Avocados – I hate them

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Mine – as I love what we do here. Or any restaurant where there is interaction with the kitchen and where you can have a laugh

What’s your favourite hotel?

I’m a Hilton member… mainly for the cookies

Which person in catering have you most admired?

When at college it was Marcus Wareing. I have always admired chefs who give a damn about their team. Tom Sellers and Will Holland are two that I’m still in contact with

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

My parents have an incredible work ethic. When I was young my dad used to commute to America. My mum raised me and my sister and also ran her own business

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

Any F1 driver

Tell us a secret…

I was once very drunk and I tattooed my best mate’s name on me and he did the same

What irritates you most about the industry?

The general public

When did you last eat a hamburger?

Last week I had a pretty tough service. I sat in an empty restaurant for a bit, then drove to McDonald’s and ate three burgers

Who would play “you” in a film about your life?

James Corden or Tom Hardy

If you had more time, what would you do?

Look after myself more

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