What's your favourite restaurant? The Blue Lion, at East Witton, North Yorkshire. There's a mix of celebrities
and farmers in the bar!

Do you prefer healthy or junk food? Healthy. Yorkshire Sausages with onion gravy.

Have you ever sent back a meal? Only once, when a piece of fish arrived frozen solid. Usually I vote with my feet.

What would you request as your final meal? Has to be my mum's oxtail with mashed potatoes and turnips.

What's your favourite tipple? Newcastle Brown Ale. I was weaned on the stuff.

What's your fantasy car... and what do you actually drive? I have always wanted an Aston Martin. For work I drive a very dull BMW 5 Series.

What are you reading at the moment? Nothing at present, but I loved Richard Branson and Donald Trump's books.

What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Da Vinci Code. Debs woke me up when it was time to go!

What is the most embarrassing moment of your professional life? Splitting my trousers at a conference of 200 people.

What are your pet hates? Boring people, negative attitudes, speed cameras.

What's your best holiday? South of France last year.

Do you prefer football, rugby or cricket? I prefer rugby, but I only ever watch football.

What's your motto for life? Take on the world and win, and I'm right, you're wrong.