Oliver Lawless - Chef de Partie

I joined Suzanne James as an apprentice in mid-August 2016.

I have been interested in food my whole life and decided when I finished school that I wanted to train as a professional chef.

I love making pastries and cakes and am already thinking that I might pursue this as a speciality.

I am a huge fan of Asian food, especially anything spicy.

The rugby player James Haskell – because he is my sporting hero, plus he would probably eat more than me, so I could order whatever I wanted without feeling bad!!

For 15 months I attended Westminster Kingsway College one day a week and spent the rest of my time working here at Suzanne James. By the end of the course I had successfully completed NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery.  My current plan is to go on to train as a pastry chef – and from there….who knows!!!

I play rugby for Old Alleynians in the 2nd row, and also like to go rock climbing whenever I get time.  My other passion is track bikes – I love to build them, ride them and hopefully I want to start doing them up to sell on too.  When I’m not doing one of these three things, or working you will probably find me asleep.

The long hours have to be the hardest thing, and also sometimes the vegetable prep for really big events, there are only so many carrots you can peel and cut before it gets boring, but it’s all part of the job!

Hmmmm, probably a bike mechanic, it’s good to combine a passion with a career I think.

For me it’s that the work here is very different, even as an apprentice I got to be involved in each event from the start to the finish, from the tasting, to the prep, to the final delivery at the venue.  That made it so much more rewarding.  Also, to see how much everyone here cares about every event and every client, and how everyone works together, it really is like one big family!