Chef Revelations – Graham Garrett, chef-proprietor, the West House, Biddenden

04 January 2013
Chef Revelations – Graham Garrett, chef-proprietor, the West House, Biddenden

What was your first job?
I was a lookout for some street market fly pitchers (iIlegal traders)

What was your first job in catering? Commis chef, Procters restaurant, London

What do you normally have for breakfast? Black tea and paracetamol

What's your favourite restaurant? The French Laundry

What's your favourite hotel? The Sunset Marquis West Hollywood

What's your favourite food? Pie, mash and liquor

What do you do to relax? Play golf, very badly

Which ingredient do you hate the most? Tofu

What flavour combinations do you detest? Chocolate and rhubarb (weird)

What's your favourite drink? A cup of tea

Which person in catering have you most admired? Marco Pierre White

If you hadn't gone into catering, where do you think you'd be now? A poor musician/songwriter living somewhere warmer

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration? Keith Floyd

What daily newspaper or website do you read? Twitter

Describe your ultimate nightmare Ramsay and a coachload of mystery diners

Tell us a secret I had a long chat and shook hands with The Queen and told her she was welcome round mine any time

When and where was your last holiday? New York last July

What irritates you about the industry? Young chefs who think they're superstars and have no work ethic

What's your favourite prepared product? Tomato ketchup

When did you last eat a burger? Two weeks ago, made by myself for staff tea

What's your favourite film?The Godfather

What's your favourite book?My Gastronomy by Nico Ladenis

Who'd be in your fantasy brigade? Richard Corrigan on larder and entertainment, Phil Howard on hot starters, Marco on sauce, Joël Robuchon on the garnish, Thomas Keller on the pass and Gordon Ramsay on the pot wash

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