What's your nickname? Teffy (my sister couldn't pronounce her s's and it stuck) 

Who was your first teenage crush and why? The bad boy in school who sat across me in chemistry. I was the school frump and he teased me about my quilted anorak and blew the Bunsen burner in my face. I thought he was wonderful 

When was the first time you got drunk and what did you drink? Black Russians on a school caravan holiday 

What was the first single you bought? Vienna by Ultravox What did you want to be when you were a kid? A probation officer 

What's your favourite book? Anything by Dean Koontz 

What's your favourite movie and why? Pretty Woman - doesn't every woman want to be rescued by a handsome, powerful, rich man 

What was your worst holiday and why? I once went to a grotty Spanish resort with a group of friends. We ate roast beef while sitting on plastic garden furniture - not a tapas bar to be seen 

What was the most embarrassing moment in your life? Taking my shoes off on a plane while pregnant and suffering from swollen feet; then not being able to get them back on and waddling through the airport in winter bare foot 

Do you have any phobias? Spiders, spiders and spiders 

If you could pick a celebrity to join your staff who would it be and why? Pierre Hermé - the top French patissière and the inspiration behind our new Serious desserts business 

Who would you most like to sit next to on a plane? The Dalai Lama 

What would you request as your final meal? Rillets of duck with cranberry confit and hot ciabatta with creamy butter, full Christmas dinner with a Norfolk Black turkey and then a plate with a little taste of every pudding on the menu 

What's your favourite junk food? Chips with mayonnaise 

What luxury would you have on your desert island? Vintage Bollinger and vanilla fudge 

What's your biggest regret? That I didn't explore the world more when I was single 

If you could star in a TV programme, which would it be and why? Lost - fantastic location, sexy male co-stars

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