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Entrepreneurial Chef Mark Earnden is the presenter of a show called Expo Chef, which helps promote healthy eating in the community. Expo chef is an interactive cooking show that demonstrates how to make food fun, easy and healthy . . . . . more info

Chef Mark Earnden

Q: Whom do you most admire for their achievements?

A: Professionally Gordon Ramsay. In life Bono.

Q: Who is your favourite chef?

A: Keith Floyd.

Q: With whom would you most like to have dinner?

A: Bono (naturally with my wonderful fiancée present!).

Q: What would be your desert island disk?

A : Losing my religion, REM or U2 - Greatest hits.

Q: What is your favourite British food?

A : Beef.

Q: What is your favourite Italian food?

A : A quality Risotto.

Q: What is your favourite French food?

A: Bouillabaisse.

Q: What is your favourite World food?

A: Curry.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: Convincing people to try new food for the first time.

Q: How would you describe eating in the UK to someone who's never visited it?

A: There is plenty of choice covering cuisine from all corners of the globe, but watch out for the chain restaurants and stick to the quality privately owned restaurants, whose menus are smaller and offer locally produced dishes.

Q: Do you think food in the UK has changed for the better since the days of Duck with Orange and huge helpings of Black Forest Gateau?

A: Yes, however food has become rarefied and confused a little along the way.

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Q: What's the best thing about eating in the UK?

A: Choice of local produce.

Q: And the worst?

A: Service!.

Q: At what sort of place do you regularly go to eat?

A: Indian or Italian.

Q: Would you like to live and work somewhere other than the UK and if so where and why?

A: Australia or New Zealand . . . they practically live life outdoors and although they work hard they work to live!

Q: What's your favourite food?

A: Sunday dinner.

Q: When did you first get involved in cooking?

A: From the age of seven.

Q: What sort of people have you cooked for during your career. Most memorable or most forgettable?

A: Cooking for Cherie Blair was memorable as it was the first big name I had cooked for and she also took the time to talk to me for a while. Disaster struck at a dinner party when I was attempting a soufflé in someone else's oven . . . when I turned up it was an Aga and I had never used one before!.

Q: Do you ever have regrets that you chose to become a chef?

A: None . . . and that is the same about life itself . . . never have regrets.

Q: What do you think you would have been if you had not become a chef?

A: Involved with sport.

Q: What would be your advice to someone who is thinking of training to be a chef?

A: If you're not passionate about food don't start.

Q: The career of one famous chef only came about because his professional football career came to an early close through injury, and one chef's plans to open a restaurant never happened when he became football manager of Aberdeen and later Manchester United. Has fate ever played a part in your career?

A: Absolutely, I had a one way ticket to Perth, Western Australia, but I did not get on the flight. I then landed a head chef job in France which is where I met my fiancée, which brought me to the North East of England, which is where Expo Chef was launched successfully. Things happen for a reason!

Q: What are your hobbies, spare time interests, what do you do to relax?

A: Circuit training, extreme sports, reading and fishing.

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