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Question Time . . . with Gordon Hillan, Scottish area sales manager/trainer, KFE

February 4th, 2020 Reading Time: 2 minutes
Gordon Hillan

What’s your favourite food?

Toss up between traditional haddock & chips and beef curry with fried rice.


What’s been your best food experience?

I was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen and Prince Philip for a British Hospitality reception and had the most wonderful shepherd’s pie and champagne imaginable.


Who would you love to serve in your business?

I would love to fit a range for Gordon Ramsay because he’s an absolute legend.


If money was no object, what would you buy for your business?

If Paul Williams consented I’d like a helicopter so I could get from Scottish Borders to the islands to visit customers quicker than the car.


If you weren’t doing this, where else would you be?

Probably managing a supermarket because that’s what I almost did when I left school.


Favourite book?

Walt Disney: an American Original by Bob Thomas. It’s an inspiring look at the man’s life from childhood to death and lets us see how dedication to perfection, hard work and passion, at any cost, is rewarding and fulfilling.


Where would you like to retire?

I can’t imagine being retired at all so haven’t given that much thought, but now you’ve asked it would need to be Cyprus. The place is amazing and best of all it’s warm and sunny.


What item will you not leave for work without?

I have a terrible memory so it’s always my diary.


What’s the most useless talent you have?

A talent is a talent regardless of how useless it may be, therefore, I’d say I don’t have any useless ones.


What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?

It was recently when I was at the KFE office to set up the training school. The new furniture had been delivered and I was complaining about assisting to build it as I cut the box open and the knife went straight into my hand. I had to go to hospital as I was still bleeding six hours later. I still made training school the next morning!


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

Being quite tall, I’ve heard “the bigger they are the harder they fall” many times in my life. Bullshit. The bigger they are the harder it is for them to fall.


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

My KFE order book. Never fails to interest me.


What did you think was cool when you were young but isn’t cool now?

I thought smoking was cool so I bought into it. My dad, Sinatra, Bogart, they all did it but now it’s a burden. 


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 Levi’s 501 that I’ve had for 30 years. They were the first button fly jeans I bought and, although they’re in poor nick now, they are still comfy! And I’d swap Sandra’s dog for my cashmere jumper that she tumble dried just after we were married in 1985. I keep it as a reminder of how mistakes can almost cost marriages.


If you could change three things about your country, what would they be?

The weather – I like heat. The government – I don’t like tax. And the cost of foreign travel.


What food combination do you want to ban?

Scotch pie with peas. Pies should only be eaten with beans.


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