What’s your favourite food?
South East Asian cooking, I love spice and flavour and feel this cuisine brings out the best of both worlds. It’s also so diverse, you could try new dishes for years and still not get bored.
What’s been your best food experience?
A duck shepherds pie I ate at Joël Robuchon’s in Hong Kong. Nothing has come close eight years on!
Who would you love to serve in your shop?
Andy Hayler and Jay Rayner, both fantastic food critics and writers. Their thoughts and feedback would be priceless for pushing on and improving.
If money was no object, what would you buy for your business?
Probably an extension upwards on the Seafood Temple with a nice al fresco dining area looking out onto the sea.
Danny Meyers – Setting the Table. A remarkable insight into the hospitality industry and a must-read for anyone looking to continually improve and learn within the industry.
Where would you like to retire?
South Shields will always be my home, but I wouldn’t mind a little holiday home on Lake Garda in Italy – place of the gods!
What item will you not leave for work without?
My watch, it has a day and date function so it’s great for keeping an eye on bookings coming in and checking dates for reservations quickly.
Favourite fish & Chip Shop?
The Magpie in Whitby. I have fond memories of my younger days visiting with my Grandma Colman, the nostalgia alone is fantastic!
What do you do on your days off?
Nowadays I spend time with my little fella, Richard Jnr, and my partner. We spend a lot of time dining out, trying new restaurants and learning and picking up new ideas.
If there was one thing you would like to see happen that would make running a small business easier/better what would it be?
I think some tax relief for smaller businesses would be the ultimate. Essentially taking a lot of worry out of paying bills and channeling that time into running and effective and efficient businesses.
If you were to buy a boat, what would you buy?
I’d probably get myself a nice Riva boat and call it “Cheers dad”!
What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?
When I was younger I went sledging down the stairs in the house and snapped my leg in half. Lesson learned quickly.
You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
Paint it with our logo and use it as free advertising, pretty sure a Colman’s elephant will turn some heads. God help us with the food bills though!
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
A hippopotamus’s milk is pink. Who knew?
Who is the most impressive famous person alive today?
Paul McCartney, a true musical genius. I was lucky enough to meet him in New York, the only time I have ever been speechless!
What food combination do you want to ban?
I have recently seen some places doing a Sunday lunch with donner kebab meat. Not only is this wrong on many levels, it should be illegal – who does that?
If you could know the absolute truth to one question, what would you ask?
What happened in area 51? I love a good conspiracy theory and I think this is up there with one of the biggest mysteries to date.