1. What is one 4th of July tradition you miss or carry out every year?
Watching the fireworks on the beach, over the Gulf of Mexico, with my family.
2. What was your first job in hospitality?
I was a hostess & a beer cart girl at a country club in Florida. How’s that for American?!
3. What is your favourite type of cuisine to eat – preferably not the one your work in?
4. Which dish do you most associate with childhood?
Peanut butter & jelly (jelly as in jam, not jello, of course)
5. What’s the soundtrack to your first love?
Toto – Africa. “Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you…”
6. What do you crave after a long shift?
All the wine.
7. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – what do you have?
Black coffee. And usually some sips of our beef broth, chicken broth and veggie broth, and a bite of our spring rolls and pork & lemongrass meatballs. Nothing like quality checking fried food before 11 am.
8. What is your favourite word?
9. If you could go on a culinary extravaganza-eating holiday - where would you choose to do so?
10. All at the same time or coursed out?
11. What is the one area of working in a restaurant you wish you knew more of?
12. What is the best cure for a hangover?
Hair of the dog.
13. You’re allowed one shift drink – what is it?
Phojito. Like a mojito, but made with Vietnamese rice spirits. See what we did there?
14. What is the one thing which guests do that drives you mad?
Tweet-complain instead of real life-complain.
15. Do you have any rituals during a shift?
I usually only work shifts now during our openings – so for a week or two five or six times a year. Or if I’m in one of our sites and the guys are drowning.
16. What’s the last film you saw?
Man Up. Which, unfortunately, perfectly portrays my taste in films.
17. Best thing that has ever happened to you in a restaurant?
I once got a 100% tip because the customer was being a dick, and asked me in front of his friends, ‘how much should I tip you, honey?’ I think it was right then that I realised getting what you want is easier than people think – you just have to have the balls to ask.
18. What’s your tagline/motto?
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” That one is originally Eleanor Roosevelt, but I was sure my mom made it up until I was about 20.
19. Photography while eating – yay or nay?
20. Rank the following in order of priority; wine, food, sex:
Food, sex, wine
21. What would be your last meal – drinks included:
A dozen Naked Cowboy oysters with April Bloomfield’s sauces from The John Dory in New York, and a ‘Hellboy’ pizza from Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn – the one with spicy honey. To drink - a bottle of white wine, something that Charlotte Sager-Wilde picks for me. She knows what I like.
22. What makes you happy?
The beach, food and day drinking.
23. How do you relax?
Working out or binge-watching Suits.
24. What is the background on your phone?
A photo of some of my girlfriends and me from NYC.
25. Favourite Instagram accounts to follow?
@ellypear for healthy food and
@samphireandsalsify for dirty food
26. What is the best thing about working in hospitality?
27. Which restaurant are you ashamed to NOT have eaten at?
28. Who is the person you most respect in the industry?
Stephen & Juliette Wall, my bosses, and the founders of Pho. They have the same amount of integrity and passion as they did when they opened their first restaurant 10 years ago, and what they’ve built is impressive to say the least.
29. What is your go to party trick?
30. Finish this sentence; I eat everything except…