What image do you currently have on your phone’s wallpaper?
My daughter pulling a funny face
What was your first job?
Washing plates in my parents restaurant, being paid in batteries for my Walkman
Gordon or Marco?
What was the last film you saw in the cinema?
I have two children. I don’t go to the cinema
What is your guiltiest food pleasure?
Nissan brand instant noodles
Where are you going on your next holiday?
Err…..wherever my wife Natalie demands
What industry figure do you most admire?
Pierre Koffmann, he eats like someone should eat, like a diner, not like some anal chef over-analysing every microbe of every bite. His curiosity is incredible and I have never seen someone love being in the kitchen as much as him. He is incredibly inspiring. Plus, if you see some of the text messages (and video messages) he sends, you would have a whole new level of admiration
If you weren’t in restaurants, what would you do?
I would hope that I would have been a doctor. Obviously, qualifying for med school would be the immediate issue.
Not spending enough time with the members of my family who are no longer with me
Dirty chefs. And chefs who constantly reel off the list of Michelin starred restaurants that they have worked at, only for it to transpire that they were peeling potatoes for one week at one place and vac packing nine hours a day at another, and were probably hated by every chef that they ever worked with
What’s the oddest thing a customer has said to you?
“I’m a vegan coeliac who doesn’t like garlic onions or mushrooms”
Marmite: love it or hate it?
Describe your cooking style in three words
What country do you next want to visit?
I want to spend more time in western, Islamic China, and Yunnan province
Most overrated food?
Truffles (I can see chefs spitting at me already!).For the price, I don’t get what all the fuss is about, if you want something with a pungent aroma, try stinking tofu!
Restaurant czar for a day – what would you implement?
All customers who no show without notification to be put onto a black list for all restaurants to share and refuse future reservations
What’s the worst review you’ve ever had?
Something about McDonald’s being better, that our portions are too small, that everything tastes like it comes from a ready meal. Blah blah… I’m very comfortable with the fact that no matter what we do at A.Wong, we will never impress everyone, and nor would I want to
What made you want to become a chef?
My dad dying
What do you cook at home on your days off?
I try to avoid the kitchen at all costs, there are too many restaurants on my to do list. The Clove Club and Core are currently right at the top.
What advice would you give someone starting out in the industry?
That the hardest journeys lead to the most beautiful destination. Kitchen life is tough, pay is indeed crap, but hey, to excel in any industry requires one to work more then just a 9-5. If you want that, go work in some office and hide behind YouTube and the BBC homepage and waste the day away
Which single item of kitchen equipment could you not live without?
iPhone or Android?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
That the only thing that no one can take away from you in life is your education and knowledge
Where do you go when you want to let your hair down?
Twitter or Instagram?
Tipple of choice?
Gin & tonic
What would you choose to eat for your last meal?
Wonton noodles filled with dried shrimps with chilli oil