First food memory?

I am originally from Liverpool, however when I turned eight we moved to Norfolk. It was a bit of a shock at the beginning to move from a city and to be surrounded only by fields, but it didn’t take long before I started enjoying it. I remember going by bike to buy eggs in the morning, directly from the farmers, because the closest shop was too far away. I would then cook breakfast with my grandmother; she is the person that influenced me the most in becoming a chef.

Sweet or Savoury?

It depends… definitely savoury when I am working in the pastry kitchen and sweet when I am everywhere else in the kitchen!

Favourite dish?

Scouse, a traditional dish from Liverpool.

What do you eat the most?

I bake bread every day for the St James’s Hotel and Club, I just cannot resist when I take it out of the oven and it is still warm…

Favourite kitchen gadget?

It has to be the Thermomix, a piece of equipment chefs can’t live without!

Which chef do you admire?

Raymond Blanc.

What are you having for lunch today?

I am constantly tasting food in the kitchen…I think I’d better skip lunch today and be careful!

What’s the last restaurant you ate in?

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught.

What’s your idea of the perfect weekend?

Any time spent with my family.

If you could take a plane ride anywhere to eat, where would it be and why?

I would love to go to Japan; I love their discipline and their respect for ingredients. The combination of flavours they use in their dishes is very different from mine and I am sure that an experience in Japan would be a great source of inspiration.