Chef Revelations – Clare Smyth

11 May 2011
Chef Revelations – Clare Smyth

What was your first job? Making club sandwiches in a hotel in the school holidays

Which is your favourite restaurant? Le Louis XV - Alain Ducasse, Monaco

What flavour combinations to do you detest? Dark chocolate with passion fruit

What's your favourite hotel? Burj Al Arab, Dubai

What is your favourite drink? Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Domain Leflaive. I also love Krug Champagne

What is your favourite food/cuisine? French but I also love Japanese

What do you always carry with you? A tiny porcelain saucepan that I was given at Lasserre in Paris on my 30th

Which person in catering have you most admired? Frank Cerutti, the chef with the most passion for produce I have ever met

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take? A massive box of Pierre Hermé macaroons

When and where was your last holiday? Last year, I went to New York

If not yourself, who would you rather have been? Brillat-Savarin because he had good taste

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now? I would be a professional three-day-event rider

Describe your ultimate nightmare? The gas cutting out in the middle of service and having to send everyone home

Tell us a secret… I never cook at home!

What irritates you most about the industry? Youngsters who don't take it seriously enough to learn the trade properly

Who would play you in a film about your life? Cameron Diaz

What is your favourite prepared food product? Salt and vinegar crisps

What's your favourite music? Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars

What's your favourite book? Ma Gastronomie by Fernand Point

Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade? Gordon Ramsay, Alain Ducasse, Joël Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Paul Bocuse, Albert Roux, Yannick Alléno, Frédéric Anton, Eric Frechon, Michel Guérard, Michel Bras, Alain Chapel, Roger Vergé, Régis Marcon

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

Clare Smyth is head chef at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London

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