High hopes

by * , Thursday 19th December 1996 00:00

OMERO GALLUCCI
Senior fleet executive chef of Sutcliffe's Marine Division, based at Portsmouth, who led the 22-strong team to the Culinary Olympics held in Berlin earlier this year

Ideal Christmas present:

A holiday in the Caribbean with my family.

Christmas wish associated with work:

As successful a year next year as this one has been - winning medals at the Berlin Olympics, and being named the Craft Guild of Chefs' Competition Chef of the Year.

The highs of 1996:

Taking the Sutcliffe team to the Culinary Olympics in Berlin and winning six gold medals - five with clover leaf - and nine bronze medals.

The lows of 1996:

They haven't arrived yet.

If I won the lottery:

I would open my own restaurant in London or Italy.

TREVOR BLYTH

Winner of the 1996 Roux Diners Club Scholarship; has just spent one month aboard a luxury Caribbean cruise liner as part of his prize

Ideal Christmas present:

A magnum of Gosset Champagne.

Christmas wish associated with work:

A wealthy backer to finance my own restaurant.

The highs of 1996:

Winning the Roux Diners Club Scholarship; working for Michel and Jean Lorain at La Cote Saint Jacque; dining at Restaurant Miyakaw in Japan with my good friend Yoshikazu Tanaka and his family.

The lows of 1996:

The closure of La Brasserie Highgate, Hampstead, London, two months after I started work there.

If I won the lottery:

I would take a gastronomic tour of the world, returning to open my own restaurant. It needs to be jackpot week as I have extravagant tastes.

ROGER HULSTONE

Executive chef, Hilton National Coventry, winner of the Baked Goods section of Caterer's Great British Recipe Competition, and overall winner of the competition with his son Simon

Ideal Christmas present:

A full head of hair; I'd like my tummy to disappear; and my house in Torquay to be 200 miles closer to work.

Christmas wish associated with work:

A wad of signed purchase orders; an encyclopedia of kitchen equipment; and a new banqueting kitchen.

The highs of 1996:

Haven't happened yet!

The lows of 1996:

My wife Lorraine reversing my Porsche into a concrete post; and when Simon, our son, went to work in New Zealand (Lorraine giving him a BT charge card).

If I won the lottery:

First I thought I'd give it to charity; then I decided I'd spend it on women, drink, and sex!

SIMON HODGSON

Chef-proprietor, Yarcombe Inn, near Honiton, Devon - one of Caterer's Adopted Businesses which opened in March

Ideal Christmas present:

To find the £1 coin that buys the winning lottery ticket; a starring role opposite Demi Moore; new socks; the smiles on my children's faces as they open their presents.

Christmas wish associated with work:

A letter from my bank manager asking me for a loan; an audition for TV programme Ready, Steady, Cook; a full 1997 bookings book; a visit from the Good Food Guide book.

The highs of 1996:

Opening Yarcombe Inn for business on March 10.

The lows of 1996:

Nothing bad to report yet.

If I won the lottery:

I'd pay the bills and live happily ever after.

JAMES COWARD

Chef-proprietor of Les Bouviers, Wimbourne, Dorset, which reopened on 8 October after two months of refurbishment

Ideal Christmas present:

More time with my wife Kate and son Nathan; the ultimate gift would be an Aston Martin.

Christmas wish associated with work:

To own another three/four restaurants - and I will!

The highs of 1996:

Getting married in May; winning the Alaska Salmon Competition earlier this year; and using the 10-day cruise to Alaska for my honeymoon.

The lows of 1996:

Not getting acknowledgement from the food guides - a few chefs are profiled endlessly; there are plenty of other brilliant chefs around.

If I won the lottery:

I'd buy an Aston Martin; I'd be tempted to live off the interest, but I prefer to work for the things I want.

DAVID EVERITT-MATTHIAS

Chef-proprietor of Michelin-starred Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and 1996 Chef of the Year

Ideal Christmas present:

I'd like a painting by Matisse or Dufy.

Christmas wish associated with work:

A Gaggia espresso/capuccino machine to replace the filter machine I presently have.

The highs of 1996:

Winning National Chef of the Year and Egon Ronay Dessert Chef of the Year; employing Matthew Topping - formerly of Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire - as my second chef.

The lows of 1996:

My father dying in March.

If I won the lottery:

I'd go to the south of France for a year, eating great food and improving my painting technique.

ANTHONY TOBIN

Head chef of the Dining Room, a 50-seat restaurant in Reigate, Surrey

Ideal Christmas present:

A day off with my wife Katie and sons Patrick (21/2) and Michael (11/2).

Christmas wish associated with work:

To always have a full house at the Dining Room, so I can buy a bigger house.

The highs of 1996:

My television career taking off. I do four shows a month on the TV programme Ready, Steady, Cook and love it.

The lows of 1996:

My son Patrick falling off a slide and breaking his arm.

If I won the lottery:

I'd take my wife to Positano in Italy, the place where we first met. We'd eat marinated anchovies and drink Chianti while granny looked after the kids.

GORDON RAMSAY

Chef-proprietor of Aubergine, London, winner of the AA 1996 Chef's Chef of the Year and author of A Passion for Flavour

Ideal Christmas present:

Snow on 21 December - my wedding day; my fiancée turning up on time; our 300 guests having a seriously good time; and Hawaiian Airlines going on strike, delaying our return.

Christmas wish associated with work:

My second Michelin star.

The highs of 1996:

Winning the AA Chef's Chef of the Year was the ultimate compliment; the launch of my book.

The lows of 1996:

Losing my licence speeding on the A30 on my way from lunch at Gidleigh Park to dinner with Rick Stein.

If I won the lottery:

I'd rent the most luxurious cruise liner and treat 100 friends to a two-week holiday.

NIGEL HAWORTH

Chef-proprietor of Northcote Manor in Langho, Lancashire

Ideal Christmas present:

Chef to go and ask someone else as I'm really busy; apart from that I'd like a magic wand.

Christmas wish associated with work:

To prosper: nudging along gently, getting better all the time. We're working towards a second Michelin star.

The highs of 1996:

Being awarded a Michelin star.

The lows of 1996:

Someone stealing the Mumm Champagne award in recognition of the Michelin star from the restaurant wall; Blackburn Rovers being bottom of the premier league.

If I won the lottery:

I prefer my money to come in regularly rather than one lump sum; I'd invest some for my children.

LIZ EHLERS

Catering manager at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, providing 15,000 meals a week for patients, staff and visitors

Ideal Christmas present:

A car stereo with a CD player.

Christmas wish associated with work:

All my staff to turn up on Christmas Day and everything to run smoothly.

The highs of 1996:

An increase in business turnover of 120%.

The lows of 1996:

Not having enough time to do everything.

If I won the lottery:

Yippee! I'd start a quaint tearoom.


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