What's your favourite restaurant and why? Auberge in Cobham, Surrey. The menu is French, the food is great quality and it's a relaxing place.

Do you prefer healthy food or junk food? Healthy with the occasional lapse!

Have you ever sent back or complained about a meal and why? No, too English to complain - I just don't go back.

What's your favourite tipple? Châteauneuf du Pape.

What would you rescue from your house if it was burning down? Photo albums - they're full of memories.

What's your fantasy car and what do you drive? Ferrari Testarossa, but I drive a Golf GTi.

What gadgets do you carry around with you? A mobile phone - it's all I can manage.

What was the last film you went to see at the cinema and what was your verdict? Casino Royale - Daniel Craig was much better than I expected, but I thought it was too violent for a 12A rating.

What's the most embarrassing moment of your professional life? Frequently having to tell lorry drivers not to go to the toilet in the deliveries yard at the factory in France because I was the only French speaker!

What are your pet hates? Rudeness and 'muzak'.

What's the best holiday you've ever had? Going to Northumberland for the first time and being blown away.

What's your motto for life? A ship in the harbour is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.