Revelations: Andrew Birch, executive chef, Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham

20 December 2019
Revelations: Andrew Birch, executive chef, Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham

What was your best subject at school?

Art – I was able to express my creative side

What was your first job?

Working at my brother-in-law's motorbike salvage place

What was your first job in catering?

Working in small pub in the village of Birchgrove

What do you do to relax?

Spend time with my children, Elizabeth and Albert

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Hakkasan in London

What's your favourite hotel?

Hotel Café Royal

What is your favourite drink?

A Bloody Mary

What is your favourite food?

Simple home-cooked food

Which ingredient do you hate the most?


Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?

Baby corn – we're not in the 1980s anymore

What flavour combinations do you detest?

Peanut butter and jam

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Andrew Fairlie

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

My college lecturer, Mark Allison

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

A beanbag

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?

John Wick

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?

In the armed forces – the navy

Tell us a secret...

I have patents for three inventions

What irritates you most about the industry?

Young people thinking it will be like a TV show

When did you last eat a hamburger?

Last week – a wild boar burger

What's your favourite film?

Saving Private Ryan

What is your favourite repared product?


Who is in your "fantasy" brigade?

Phil Howard on the larder, David Everitt-Matthias on pastry, Marco Pierre White on sauce and Gordon Ramsay on garnish

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