I was interested in home cooking long before the current hype and media-fuelled proliferation of celebrity chefs.

I get the most enjoyment out of it when I can invite guests to dinner. I love to experiment, and I'm constantly trying out new things – whether it's a single- or five-course meal, Asian fusion, Indian, Mexican, Italian or plain old British comfort food. People tend to have very negative preconceptions about British cuisine, but when it's done right it is a million miles away from the bland, stodgy fare you might imagine.

Of course, whatever I cook, it's immensely gratifying when my family and friends are sated, content and eager to come back for the next meal.