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1. What was your first job in hospitality?

When I was 11 I started working in a local pizza shop in Sydney as a kitchen hand making take away salads and pasta, and was the human dishwasher (old school with no machine). I was determined to work and earn my own money. 

2. What is your favourite cuisine to eat - preferably the opposite to what you work in?

Anything of Asian orient from Thai food to Japanese.    

3. Which dish do you most associate with childhood?

Shepard’s pie, poor mans deliciousness.

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

Pulp fiction soundtrack

5. What do you crave after a long shift?

Cheese in any form…toastie, with crackers or just standing at the fridge door with a knife. 

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

I´m not a breakfast person to be honest, I’m happy with a coffee and prefer lunch even if it’s at 11.30. 

7. What is your favourite word?

Super! something I use a lot in briefings.

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

Leandro, my husband, and I visit San Sebastian every year, it's one of our eating traditions and its brilliant. However If it was ANYWHERE in the world with an endless cash flow, it would be Japan in a heartbeat.   

9. All at the same time or coursed out?

I don't really care as long as the food is good and the wine is flowing.

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

Maintenance! I'm hopeless and things always need fixing.

11. What is the best cure for a hangover?

Cuddles, a burger with fries, loads of sparkling water and a few painkillers.

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

A glass of Champagne.

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

Blowing their nose on a linen napkin! Yucky.

14. Do you have any rituals during a shift?

Briefings. I´m strict on timings and I hate it when people are late as it's one of the most important times with the staff altogether.   

15. What’s the last film you saw?

Ex Machina

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

So many good things happen for me in restaurants, but meeting Leandro at Viajante is the cherry on the cake.

17. What’s your tagline/motto?

Be a nice person. It requires so much more energy to be nasty.

18. Photography while eating – yay or nay?

If it's what you love, do it, but do it quickly and don´t let your food go cold.

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

To difficult and all equally important.

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

Grilled carabineros with garlic, chilli and good olive oil, plus a nice vintage Champagne.

21. What makes you happy?

My husband, my family (including the family I choose) and eating.

22. How do you relax?

Just hang out at home with Leandro and drink some wine.

23. What is the background on your phone?

My favourite photo from our wedding.

24. Favourite Instagram accounts to follow 

@wieteket her photos are amazing and I just love her to bits.  

@clerkenwellboyec1 when I want food envy.

@leocarreiraa …of course :)

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

Meeting new passionate people and always being surrounded by food, wine and laughing.

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

None really to be ashamed of, but I always have a full International wish list on hand.  

27. Who is the person you most respect in the industry?

So many people! I respect people who really understand that you need to look after the passionate people that turn up everyday/week/year and help make your business successful. Without them you only have 4 walls full of expensive equipment. 

28. What is your go to party trick?

Don't have one.

29. Finish this sentence: I eat everything except ...

Walnuts, battery fed chicken, cooked celeriac (raw is fine) and raisins.