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CHEF MARTIN BLUNOS ASK THE CHEF

Martin Blunos is one of the country’s greatest chefs. Having held two Michelin stars for more than fifteen years, this blond haired, walrus-moustached Baltic giant of a man has a wicked sense of humour and is a most colourful character . . . more info

Q: Whom do you most admire for their achievements?

A: Steve Redgrave - stuck at it and achieved his goals despite his age

Q: Who is your favourite chef?

A: John Burton-Race - he reinvented himself and knows what he wants to do as opposed to what was expected from him

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

A: Adolph Hitler - to ask him why??

Q: What would be your desert island disk?

A: Neil Young - Sugar Mountain

Q: What is your favourite British food?

A: Steak and Kidney Pudding with a suet crust

Q: What is your favourite Italian food?

A: Vongole Clams

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Q: What is your favourite French food?

A: Foie Gras

Q: What is your favourite World food?

A: Sour Kraut

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: The feedback you get from customers and staff from doing what you do

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

A: Hit and miss!

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, absolutely!

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

A: Variety

Q: And the worst?

A: Fast food - people eat c**p as time is money.

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

A: Ethnic restaurants

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

A: Eastern Europe - lots of tradition still in the food culture and on the whole is hasn't been affected very much by the West yet.

Q: What's your favourite food?

A: Fish

Q: When did you first get involved in cooking?

A: From schooldays onwards - had to help at home when Mum was cooking, from peeling spuds to picking beans

Q: What sort of people have you cooked for during your career - most memorable and most forgettable

A: Most memorable was The Queen (in her Jubilee Year)

Most forgettable were the guests on Millennium Years Eve, there was so much pressure to get it right and the adrenalin pumped - I was ill in bed for a week afterwards!

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

A: Yes. I think there are easier ways to make a living. A teacher at school told me that I needed to get a good education and qualifications, now I would certainly agree with that.

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

A: A musician or an artist - something in the Arts

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

A: If you are gong to do it aim for the top. Work in the very best places and prepare to give to get.

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: Yes. Twice I was turned down - I automatically assumed that I'd have a job with my Dad in his flooring company; I thought it was an easy way out. He said ' No'. I then tried the Navy and they said 'No' so I went into catering and fate determined that this was the best choice I could have made.

To find out more about Martin Blunos visit www.celebritychefsuk.com

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