STAFF STORY / ALEX

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My brother was already working as a chef at The Bookshop and he was told that there was a Front of House job opening at Burger Shop. He put my name in (without me knowing) and I received a phone call asking me to start a trial shift later that week. 10 months on and I’m still here. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL TO COOK AT HOME
It would have to be the only thing I can cook, without completely messing it up. A Vietnamese curry, loads of peanut butter and coconut milk. 

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
I would have dinner with Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man ever to climb Everest. I could sit and talk for hours to him about all the adventures and types of kit they used for their alpine climbing. He has been my idol since I was very young, I love reading his books.

WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE IN YOUR FRIDGE?
I always have cheese, ham, pickle, milk and bacon - that’s the healthiest diet anyone could have. 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE RULE OF TUM DISH?
My favourite dish would have to be a Hereford Hop, with a side of BBQ Sticky Wings and to drink; a Crumbletini. Oh and for desert, I just love the sorbet.  

WHERE DO YOU FEEL MOST AT HOME?
I don’t really get home sick or miss things. I usually feel at home wherever I feel welcome and comfortable, whether its with family or friends- that's what is most important.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
I’ve always wanted to be the same thing: a mountain leader. Ever since I was knee high my dad would drag us up Pen Y Fan or Waun Fach. I’d love every second of it, no matter how cold or wet I got. As I grew up my Mum and Dad always supported our ideas and helped us, and mine was to set up a hostel where kids from big cities could come on school trips. We could take them climbing and kayaking and walking. I always loved the idea of taking kids that didn’t have the same opportunities as me, up the mountains that I love.