Revelations: Carlo Scotto, chef-owner, Xier/XR, London

07 February 2020
Revelations: Carlo Scotto, chef-owner, Xier/XR, London

What was your best subject at school?


What was your first job?

Chef apprentice

What do you normally have for breakfast?

Avocado and scrambled egg whites with brown toast and a coffee

What do you do to relax?

Long walks

Which is your favourite restaurant?

The Clove Club

What's your favourite hotel?

The Ritz, I love the history of it

What is your favourite drink?

I love red wine, particularly Masseto Toscana 1998

What is your favourite cuisine?

Scandinavian and Japanese

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

I'm not a big fan of wasabi

What flavour combinations do you detest?

None, I love unusual flavour combinations

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

I don't think I will ever cook or serve any insects in my kitchen

Which person in catering have you most admired?

Pierre Gagnaire

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

Angela Hartnett

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

Bottle of water, my knife and pictures of my kids

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

I loved chemistry at school, so something to do with that

Describe your ultimate nightmare?

Waking up and having no more creative ideas for my food

What irritates you most about the industry?

The perception by some that it is easy to be a chef, and to open and run a restaurant

What's your favourite film?

I love Fast & Furious

What's your favourite book?

Larousse Gastronomique

What is your favourite prepared product?

Nutriseed cold-pressed juices

Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade?

I love my current brigade and wouldn't change them!

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