What three words would you use to describe the new venue, the eastside rooms?
Modern, Versatile, Stylised
What attracted you to the role at the eastside rooms?
Having moved to Birmingham in 1985 I saw the ‘first regeneration’ of Birmingham in the Broad Street/ICC area, followed by Chinese quarter. The next chapter has already started to be written with the visions of HS2 and The Commonwealth Games looming.
the eastside rooms will be at the hub of the next generation and I am looking forward to being an integral part of a bigger, brighter city.
What does your day to day work life involve?
90 percent perspiration, 10 per cent inspiration. Hard work and the right attitude has always been and still is the number one currency in the hospitality industry.
If you can instantly become an expert in something what would it be?
I would love to be really good at magic
What is the favourite part of your role?
I love the training and development aspect of my job but I am always learning new things, even after 30 years in the industry.
As an executive or head chef you get to be involved from creation to delivery which can be immensely satisfying but always leads you to question everything as ‘your name is on it’
How did you get into the hospitality industry?
Somewhat by accident. My only reference point was working at a pizza restaurant at university. I enjoyed the kitchen environment and as they say, the rest is history !
If you had your own talk show, who would be your first three guests?
Muhammad Ali, Denzel Washington with music by Joanne Shaw Taylor
If you could live in any TV show, which one would it be?
Studio Sixty on the Sunset Strip
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine what would it be and why?