What was your best subject at school?
Electronics and technology
What was your first job?
What was your first job in catering?
Kitchen porter at a local bistro, aged 14
What do you normally have for breakfast?
A cup of Yorkshire tea and a banana
What do you do to relax?
Go for long walks, spend time with family and friends, forage
Which is your favourite restaurant?
What's your favourite hotel?
The Swinton Park hotel, in Masham, North Yorkshire
What is your favourite drink?
What is your favourite food/cuisine?
An Indian curry
Which ingredient do you hate the most?
Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with? If so, why?
Japanese otoro [tuna belly] – the way this is farmed/fished is inhumane, mass produced and exploited as a whole industry
What flavour combinations do you detest?
Chocolate and cherry
What do you always carry with you?
Which person in catering have you most admired?
Sat Bains – he comes from a humble background, is self-taught and constantly believed in what he was trying to create
Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Gordon Ramsay, the chef who I watched on TV and whose books I read in my early teens
Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take?
What daily newspaper/website do you read?
Sky Sports football
If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?
Describe your ultimate nightmare?
Constantly being in the shit and not being able to get out of it
When and where was your last holiday?
What irritates you most about the industry?
When did you last eat a hamburger?
What's your favourite film?
Who would play "you" in a film about your life?
What's your favourite book?
On Food and Cooking, by Harold McGee
What is your favourite prepared product?
Who would be in your "fantasy" brigade?
James Knappett of Kitchen Table on meat; Tom Brown, Cornerstone, on fish; Alex Bond, Alchemilla, on garnish; Gareth Ward, Ynyshir, on snacks and larder; and John Freeman, Restaurant Sat Bains, on pastry
If you had more time, what would you do?
Work out and play football
Photo credit: BBC/Optomen Television Limited/Ashleigh Brown
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