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Revelations: Ben Murphy, head chef, Launceston Place, London

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Revelations: Ben Murphy, head chef, Launceston Place, London

What was your first job in catering?
Working for Pierre Koffmann at Koffmann’s at the Berkeley hotel in London

What do you normally have for breakfast?
A strawberry nutrition bar with a cup of tea

What do you do to relax?
Sleep – but never enough

Which is your favourite restaurant?
The Ledbury in Notting Hill

What’s your favourite hotel?
Claridge’s in Mayfair

What is your favourite drink?
Jack Daniels and coke

Which ingredient do you hate the most?
I hate Brussels sprouts with a passion

Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?
I’m happy to cook anything, but I have an allergy to shellfish

Which person in catering have you most admired?
Pierre Koffmann and Sat Bains

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
Toothpaste

What daily newspaper/website do you read?
Evening Standard and The Caterer

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
David Beckham

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
I would have tried to fulfil my dream of being a footballer

When and where was your last holiday?
Barbados, November 2018

Tell us a secret…
I’ll whisper it to you…

What irritates you most about the industry?
Customers who think they know about your food

When did you last eat a hamburger?
Last night after service!

What’s your favourite film?
Creed 1 and 2

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

What’s your favourite book?
Éric Frechon’s [of Épicure, Paris] cookbook

What is your favourite prepared product?
Strawberry trifles

If you had more time, what would you do?
Travel

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