Alix Young, 29, hotel manager at the Pear Tree in Purton, tells us about her life with food
Do you cook a lot yourself? What is your failsafe dish?
I love cooking. It may seem a bit odd after watching people eat all day but it’s my favourite way to relax. My failsafe dish has to be a chicken jambalaya, using up all the leftovers in the fridge and making something hot and spicy.
Where do you like to eat out? How often?
If I could eat out every day I would. Sadly though, I’m normally working when people are eating! For lunch, you can’t beat Egg-e-licious in the tented market for both food and friendly service. I normally go to The Maharajah in Purton for a tasty and walkable evening treat but my absolute favourite place to eat is Los Gatos tapas bar in Wood Street.
What do you always hope to find on a menu? For starter? Main course? Dessert?
For a starter I love a sharing platter, something tapas-esque or Mediterranean to just dive into. With mains I always spot the pork belly if it's on there – I had it for my wedding meal and, as a proper Wiltshire girl, it’s my favourite dish! Desserts have to be something with meringue and/or chocolate although I am always partial to the sticky toffee pudding on the menu at the Red Lion in Cricklade.
Which foods did you hate as a child? Do you eat them now?
I hate sweetcorn. I’ve always hated it, especially after my parents took me to a sweetcorn farm as a child.
What’s your favourite drink? Alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
I probably should say the wine that’s named after me, but my favourite alcoholic drink has to be a gin & tonic, preferably a Bloom & Fever Tree which is served with strawberries. Non-alcoholic drink would probably be passionfruit juice, which has such an amazing flavour.
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What’s your guilty pleasure when it comes to food...something you know you shouldn’t eat, but do anyway?
Croissants. There are always some left over from breakfast service and I know they are full of butter but when you cover them in marmalade they are just amazing.
You are on your own at home watching a film. What is your snack of choice? .
Popcorn, sweet & salty all mixed up.
You are eating a bacon sandwich... ketchup, brown sauce or nothing at all?
Ketchup and lots of it.