THE ROTA ARCHIVE

CONOR SHEEHAN - THE GENERAL MANAGER

"SMASH THE FUCKING SHIT OUT OF IT"

Follow him on Twitter here @consheehan1 and Instagram here @consheehan 

1. What was your first job in hospitality 

Working as a kitchen porter.

2. What is your favourite type of cuisine to eat – preferably not the one you work with?  

It’s probably just Asian food in general.

3. Which dish do you most associate with childhood?

Cheesy chicken, it’s what my Mum used to do.  Breaded chicken with bog standard run of the mill cheddar cheese, stick it in the oven, loads of ketchup. Was good. 

4. What’s the soundtrack to your first love?

Outkast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, but I think it was the Love Below because Speakerboxx was a bit more bangin wasn’t it? Oh and Funkadelic. 

5. What do you crave after a long shift?

BEER.

6. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – what do you have?

Generally a bagel or a pastry.

7. What is your favourite word?

Kumquat.

8. If you could go on a culinary extravaganza-eating holiday – where would you choose to do so?  

Tokyo, that’s kind of where I want to go next.

9. All at the same time or coursed out?

Depends doesn’t it.  Who you’re with, where you are, what the vibe is, what time of day.

10. What is the one area of working in a restaurant you wish you knew more of?

Probably bar work, I’ve never been a bartender. It’s something I try to get involved in as much as I can, but I kind of piss the bartenders off quite a lot when I do that.  They are always like 'It’s fine Conor, it’s fine, just go out on the floor.’

11. What is the best cure for a hangover?

More alcohol. 

12. You’re allowed one shift drink – what is it?

A bottle of pale ale, Kernel because it’s big, it’s a half litre and with a shift drink you want to get the most out of it. 

13. What is the one thing which guests do that drives you mad?

It really annoys me when they think they know something.  Say someone asks you a question about the menu and someone else on the table answers the question, and that someone tells them the wrong thing.  You don’t want to embarrass them but you want to tell them how wrong they are. 

14. Do you have any rituals during a shift?

I sometimes get people to do pre-service stretches.  It’s a bit of a joke, but it's fun.

15. What’s the last film you saw?

Gosh I can’t remember the last time I watched a film.  Oh probably Bitter Lake, it’s a documentary on the history of the Middle East.  It’s on the iplayer on BBC.  You should watch it.

16. Best thing that has ever happened to you in a restaurant?

I think it was having a full on chat with Paul Mcartney in Dean Street Townhouse back in the old days.  He picked up I was a Scouser and he was with that producer guy, I can’t remember his name.  I was like ‘I think we went to the same school’ and he said ‘Oh yeah, what’s that?’ and I was like ‘Quarrybank but now its called Coldertsones’ and then he name dropped John Lennon in the conversation. That was good.

17. What’s your tagline/motto?

Smash the fucking shit out of it.

18. Photography while eating – yay or nay?

I did say nay until very recently, and then I got on Instagram and I've been trying to push my followers up (laughs) and I’ve kind of turned into exactly what I hated.  I‘ve kind of gone against my morals.  So it was nay, but it is yay. 

19. Rank the following in order of priority: wine, food, sex

I think you feel like you should say sex first, so I’ll say – sex, wine, food

20. What would be your last meal – drinks included?

Probably something like duck and pancakes or a bahn xio with beer.  I can have anything can’t I,? So I’ll have a bottle of California Pinot.

21. What makes you happy?

Enough time to fit in all the people I love in. That’s basically it.  Quality time with everyone without the pressure of going back to work the next day.  

22. How do you relax?

Probably eating out, drinking, cooking and I watch quite a lot of series on the TV. 

23. What is the background on your phone?

It’s a horizon from when I went to a place called The Pig on the Beach in Devon, no wait it was in Kent.  

24. Favourite Instagram accounts to follow

@hugotheboxer - he's a photographer friend of mine. 

25. What is the best thing about working in hospitality?

Not working in an office and the amount of different people you meet, who all come from different places. The multiculturalism of restaurants I really like. And the hook up's when you eat out. 

26. Which restaurant are you ashamed to NOT have eaten at?

There ar a few, probably Gymkhana, The Ledbury and Noma.

27. Who is the person who most influenced you in hospitality?

On the floor Seb Fogg was very inspirational but Clive Gregory has been a great mentor to me for several years.

28. What is your go to party trick?

Persuading people to do bad things. 

29.   Finish this sentence;  I eat everything except …

Coconut