Marketing director, Proper Cornish, on The Jam, crimping and Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus
What was your first-ever job? I was very fortunate to get a four-year apprenticeship as a chef at Gravetye Manor. It held a Michelin star in those days and I learnt so much about great cuisine.
What has been your worst job interview? That would be the one where I got the address wrong - oops!
What was the first music single you bought? Going Underground by The Jam. I loved The Jam and went to see them that year too.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing my team succeed. Helping others truly attain their full potential is the most rewarding part of my career.
What is the least rewarding? That’s quite a hard question. I tend to get satisfaction from most of the job and any negatives I try to learn from.
What is your motto? Feel the fear and do it anyway.
If you were allowed one dream perk what would it be? Eating in all the three Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe, of which there are 120. You did say dream!
Do you have any phobias? I’m not brilliant with heights but love flying. Go figure!
If you could change one thing in the savoury category what would it be? To increase the value of the handmade and handcrafted sector to get the true value for the skill, passion and effort that goes into these products. At Proper Cornish we hand-crimp 50,000 pasties a day so are experts in training and maintaining this heritage skill.
What luxury would you have on a desert island? If I was on a desert island, the luxury would already be there. I have come to realise that time is the greatest luxury.
What animal most reflects your personality? An owl. I am always looking around for the next big thing.
What is your favourite film and why? Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. It’s so bad it’s good.
What has been the most embarrassing moment in your life? When I was a chef I created a mousse that had too much gelatine in it. It was served to some VIPs and they couldn’t even get the spoon in. Note to self: always read the recipe.
Which celebrity would you most like to work with? Richard Branson. He has dyslexia and so do I. It would be interesting to compare notes on schooldays versus work.