OCCUPATION: Innkeeper/general manager at Weekapaug Inn.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Bedfordshire, England.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Getting ready for a busy summer season at the inn and helping my wife, Aimee, who has just opened Charlotte Julienne Food & Home in Watch Hill.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Being taught baseball by my son and cooking Victoria Sponge cakes with my daughter.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My two beautiful children who are becoming global citizens and little foodies.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Leadership, both in and out of the army, and good humor.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: I’d love to take a culinary tour of Seattle.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Hotel keys, a pocket knife and my phone.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A soldier with the British Army.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My mom. As a single mother her work ethic was unparalleled. She also instilled in me a love of home-cooked meals and a strong sense of financial responsibility.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: British novelist Sebastian Faulks.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “The Great Halifax Explosion,” and “Hero of the Empire.” I love reading historical nonfiction.
I AM LISTENING TO: “Setting the Table,” by Danny Meyer.
FAVORITE MOVIE: “A Bridge Too Far.” I love any old war movie.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “The Crown” (we watch a lot of British telly in our house).
FAVORITE SONG: Robbie Williams’ “Let Me Entertain You.”
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: A typical Sunday roast … chicken, root vegetables and Yorkshire pudding with gravy.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Linked In, Instagram and Facebook.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.
PET PEEVE: Bad manners and seeing people without proper fork and knife skills.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Nec Aspera Terrent”… difficulties be damned.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Fresh seafood, the gorgeous ocean and the seasons.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: A chef’s knife and good wine.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I was a jungle warfare instructor in my previous life as an officer with the British Army.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Always own up to your mistakes.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Manners cost nothing.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Enforce environmental care. In other parts of the world recycling is taken much more seriously. I’d like to see that grow in importance here.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Hand build a brick pizza oven in my backyard … I’m not greedy … just looking for a little win!
I DRIVE A: Black 2016 Mercedes 300.
I WISH I DROVE A: A vintage Land Rover Defender.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Marmite, olives and good cheese.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Margaret Thatcher. The fact that she was the first female prime minister as well as a formidable leader coming from humble beginnings fascinates me.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro