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Question Time with . . . Sophie Capel, manager, Chez Fred, Bournemouth

January 31st, 2020 Reading Time: 2 minutes
Sophie Capel with her grandad Peter Capel

What’s your favourite food?

Fresh pasta. After learning how to make it, I appreciate it so much more. It’s delicious and versatile.


What’s been your best food experience?

A brunch I had in Berlin. The perfect mixture of sweet, salty deliciousness mixed in with great coffee and an amazing friend.


Who would you love to serve in your business?

The Queen. Why not?


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

Mr Whippy ice cream machine.


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

Fashion designer on the outskirts of London.


Favourite book?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It is a beautiful mixture of reality and fantasy with humour mixed in.


Where would you like to retire?

Anywhere with a nice cheese and wine bar close by because I’m a fatty!


What item will you not leave for work without?

My glasses, I’m totally blind.


Favourite fish & chip shop?

Robinsons in Bearwood, Poole. It has friendly service, great fresh food and it’s amazing value.


What do you do on your days off?

Date nights with my boy, clean my home, see friends, more cleaning, cooking…


What’s the most useless talent you have?

I can dislocate my thumbs!


What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?

On a scout camp, we made a ducking stool. I was pushing down the log being used as a lever for the ducking stool (someone was on a tyre attached to the other end of the log) and I released it to duck them into the water. My head was still above the log and it flew straight into my face, giving me an impressive black eye.


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

My dad downing a shot of tequila!


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

More plants and trees, less plastic and more horse and carts.


If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson.


Do you have any ridiculous goals in life?

No, I’m very happy with just doing things as I go to make myself and the people around me happy.


What food combination do you want to ban?

Chocolate biscuits and tea. Just dunk uncoated biscuits.


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