What was your first job? Working for my father. I was a rhubarb picker and potato packer for his business.
What’s been your worst job interview? When I went for a job at the Greater London Council. It was for a commis chef position and there were six interviewers, which seemed a little excessive!
What was the first music single you bought? Seven Seas of Rhye by Queen.
How do you describe your job to your mates? Officially, I create and deliver quality products while instilling passion in those who work with me. Unofficially, I’m ‘a Willy Wonka of soups and sauces’.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing my products on the shelves in supermarkets or in restaurants. It’s great to see all our ideas and hard work in the hands of our customers.
What’s the least rewarding part? There can be a few physical hazards. Burnt fingers are not exactly the best part of being a chef.
What’s your motto in life? Don’t judge others by your own high standards.
What’s your nickname? Squidgy Chip. The girls in the kitchen (and my wife and daughter) have this nickname for me on account of my pale body, which they see when I get changed into my whites. A little mean!
If you were allowed one dream perk what would it be? I definitely wouldn’t mind Jennifer Aniston as my PA.
What’s been the most embarrassing moment in your life? There are too many to mention. Most occurred when I was a shy 15-year-old, normally involving a girl…
Any phobias? I do not like rats. They make me think of dirty kitchens, which I cannot stand.
If you could pick a celebrity to join your staff who would it be and why? Rick Stein. I’ve always admired how he never settles and keeps moving with his work.
If you could change one thing in the grocery industry what would it be? I’d have more leaders and fewer followers. At Glorious! we are always on the hunt for new flavours and taking risks.
What luxury would you have on your desert island? A coffee machine. I couldn’t live without my caffeine.
What animal best reflects your personality? Why? An ant - we’re both industrious.