The Teapot Challenge: Tom Kerridge

Michelin-starred pub owner and top British chef Tom Kerridge takes two minutes to join us for a cup of tea and a round of quick-fire questions.

The Teapot Challenge: Tom Kerridge

The teapot challenge gives a top chef two minutes to pick and answer as many questions from our teapot as possible. We're on the hunt for the snappiest, most interesting answers to our irreverent questions, and we're quizzing chefs on everything from crisps to cooking soundtracks. So, how did Tom Kerridge fare under the pressure? 

If you could cook for any other person dead or alive, who would it be?

Eric Cantona.

What’s the king of all sandwiches?

Pastrami on rye, with mustard and cabbage.

Marmite in gravy, Worcestershire sauce in spag bol – what’s your ultimate secret ingredient?

Colman’s English mustard is a winner across the board.

If you could only eat one again, would it be crisps or chips?

Neither because I’m not doing carbs at the minute, but if I was it would definitely, definitely be chips!

If you could only eat one again, would it be Sunday lunch or Friday curry?

*bellows* SUNDAY LUNCH! Sunday luuuunch!

If you could only eat one again, would it be croissant or Full English?

Full English! Absolutely!

If you could only eat one again, would it be bacon sandwich or beans or toast?

Bacon sandwich. A place without bacon is a really bad place.

What’s the ultimate way to cook toast?

On a stick in front of a campfire.

When did you last eat a kebab?

A long time ago. From a proper greasy kebab van? About three years ago. But actually I had one last year from a place in Shepherds Bush and it was amazing.

What’s your favourite cookbook?

Marco Pierre White’s White Heat, without a shadow of a doubt. Without that book I wouldn’t be where I am now.

If you could only eat one again, would it be tomatoes or onions?


What would you order from a cocktail menu?

A non-alcoholic lime and soda as I don’t drink at the minute.

What’s the best birthday cake you’ve ever had?

A fridge cake that was made for me for my 40th by my good mate Nicky. She never cooks anything but she melted down a load of Maltesers and Mars Bars, stuck them together and put them in the fridge.

What’s for dinner tonight?

Something on the hoof back at the Hand and Flowers (Tom’s pub) while working very hard during service.

What’s your apron like?

Black, with a ‘H’ and ‘F’ printed on it. 

Grand total: 15 questions in two minutes

Verdict: A quick-fire natural and serious lover of Sunday lunch. 

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