Ahead of his appearance on Great British Menu this evening, we caught up with Gareth Bartram, head chef at Winteringham Fields in North Lincolnshire.
What was your best subject at school?
Science – biology to be precise
What was your first job?
I worked in a local butcher shop. My mum worked there and got me a job cleaning and washing up, but it got me thinking about working in the food industry
What was your first job in catering?
A job in a local pub as a commis
What do you normally have for breakfast?
I only eat breakfast on a Sunday, when me, my wife and our girls have pancakes, smoked bacon, maple syrup and coffee
Which is your favourite restaurant?
The Ledbury. I was gutted when it closed its doors
Which person in catering have you most admired?
The late, great Roux brothers did so much for modern gastronomy in this country
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay, Sat Bains, Nathan Outlaw, Mark Birchall – the list is endless
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
Chocolate Hobnobs, the king of biscuits
When and where was your last holiday?
In 2019 we went to Butlin's in Skegness – the kids loved it
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
Losing our star at Winteringham Fields would be high up on my list, alongside clowns and Freddy Krueger
Tell us a secret...
I know all the lyrics to ‘Love Machine' by Girls Aloud
When did you last eat a hamburger?
Last night, I love ‘em
Who would play "you" in a film about your life?
I'd like to say Jason Momoa or Chris Hemsworth, but realistically it's Jack Black or Jonah Hill
What is your favourite prepared product?
If you had more time, what would you do?
If being in lockdown has taught me anything, it's that time with your family is precious
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