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QUESTION TIME WITH… DAVID NICOLAOU, AUCKLEY FRIERY

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DAVID NICOLAOU, AUCKLEY FRIERY

What’s your favourite food?

Souvla, has to be pork, has to be marinated overnight in olive oil and oregano and served with a squeeze of lemon. It has to be done over charcoal, no other cooking method makes it taste correct. It’s so bloody tasty. Wrap it in a pitta with a very finely chopped salad and I am in heaven.


What’s been your best food experience?

DAVID NICOLAOU, AUCKLEY FRIERY

Pipe and Glass in Beverley, a Michelin starred restaurant. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was so laid back. I have been to a few Michelin starred restaurants and they were so formal they took the fun out of the food. 


Who would you love to serve in your shop?

DAVID NICOLAOU, AUCKLEY FRIERY

Donald Trump. I think he is such a polarising and interesting figure, plus the tweets alone would make my day. 


If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

DAVID NICOLAOU, AUCKLEY FRIERY

A commercial pilot. I had a love of aviation since a child. I have my private pilot’s licence but two very young kids and a busy shop time is a premium so I don’t use it at the moment.


Favourite book?

DAVID NICOLAOU, AUCKLEY FRIERY

Terry Pratchett’s – The Colour Of Magic. That’s where the Discworld all started.


What item will you not leave for work without?

My phone, it has my podcasts on that I listen to while cutting fish of a morning. It stops me ‘zenning out’ on a repetitive task.


Favourite fish and chip shop?

DAVID NICOLAOU, AUCKLEY FRIERY

The warmest welcome I have had in a shop has to be Miller’s of Haxby by the legend himself David Miller. 


What do you do on your days off?

I spend time with my kids. I don’t get to see them enough as it is so days off at weekends are special. When the kids are at school any free time is spent making things out of wood in my workshop.


If there was one thing you would like to see happen that would make running a small business easier/better what would it be?

Better treatment with VAT, we take the brunt of any cost change amplified by 20 per cent. Its regressive, unfair and the rate is far too high for hot food and clothing.


What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?

I managed to bust my kneecap skiing when I was 18 trying to show off to two rather attractive girls. Usually starts with the sentence “Watch this!” It still hurts from time to time 30 years later!


What quote or saying do people spout but is complete BS?

Redundant phrases dropped into arguments such as ‘Basically’, ‘It boils down to’, ‘It’s a simple case of’ or, the worst one, ‘At the end of the day’. Even worse is ‘It’s a common fact’. I have yet to hear all of those in a single sentence but there is time. Second to that “Many a mickle makes a muckle”.


The house is on fire, but everyone is safely out, the pets and all wallets/cash are saved. If you could make one last dash to get something, what would it be?

My brother’s watch. He’s sadly no longer with us but I keep the watch by my bedside drawer.


What food combination do you want to ban?

DAVID NICOLAOU, AUCKLEY FRIERY

Courgette and eggs, it turns my stomach for some odd reason.