On an average day I would normally wake up around 8, after breakfast I spend an half an hour catching up on the world, checking emails, my restaurant in Dubai is 4 hours ahead of UK time so their working day is already in full swing so normally a Skype with the team to see how lunch trade is shaping up, talk about the special dishes for the week and so on. After looking at social media and the days schedule I head to the gym, normally after a banana and a pomegranate juice for breakfast. Then its really time to kick start a full on day, heading to Luke’s Eating House & Gin Rickey’s in Chester to work with the team, be it menu development, seeing suppliers looking at new seasonal products there is always plenty to do.
Coming up to the summer I have a lot of work at events and pop ups so it takes a lot of planning so I’m spending time developing ideas and dishes for that now and getting teams in place to help me make them happen.
For lunch I like to check out other restaurants as much as possible so normally head out for a late lunch over a business meeting. The restaurant opens at 5pm so after a briefing with the team and my head chef Michael we head into a busy evening service. This time is the most exciting part of being a chef, the buzz of having a full restaurant and it’s a time whether all the hard work, preparation and team work really comes together. To wind down I normally enjoy a few drinks at my bar, Gin Rickey’s with friends. My favourite is a Long Island iced tea or of course the odd G&T.
I do have a favourite chefs jacket that I have had for many years now.
What is the favourite part of your job?
The variation of day to day, meeting new people, and the fact that you never stop learning. The catering and hospitality industry is very similar to fashion in the way its constantly changing, the way people eat and what they want, the style of venues that are opening, it keeps it fresh, exciting and challenging - in a good way!
What is the least favourite part of your job?
I would find it hard to say as I enjoy all aspects, for me I do what I do because of my love for food and drink, so the only part I dislike is the corporate side of work, it has to be done as essentially I am running a business but the fun part is being hands on and working in the venues.
What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now?
Tough one, my love outside of work is Liverpool Football Club so maybe a footballer but its highly unlikely this would ever happen.
How do you relax when you are not working?
I love music so listen to lots of music and often travel around the country to watch Liverpool when they’re playing away as well as going to Anfield on a regular basis.
What is your favourite film?
Wolf of Wall Street.
What is your favourite book?
Jamie’s Comfort Food - Love this cookbook, I think it is probably his best book yet.
What is your favourite song?
Daft Punk - One More Time
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you?
This is a very tough one, I think on the basis one of my favourite films is the Wolf of Wall Street I would have to say Leonardo Dicaprio.
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet?
I had a TV show called Britain’s Youngest Head Chef on BBC 3 a couple of years ago and that followed by some slots on This Morning, Russell Howard’s Good News etc.
- Name: Luke Thomas
- Job: Chef & entrepreneur
- Born: North Wales
- Lives: Connah’s Quay
- Education: Connah’s Quay High School, catering and hospitality at Yale College
- Family: Single
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