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June 17, 2014updated 11 Jan 2016 2:54pm

At the Sharp End: Jason Atherton

By Spear's

Who is your greatest influence?
Ferran Adrià and Thomas Keller — two people I admire incredibly.

What is your biggest fear?
Failure and being a flash in the pan.

What would your other career be?
Something creative… maybe a designer.

What is missing in the world?

In a year, the UK economy will be…
Well on the up — it feels it’s going that way.


Is business a pleasure?
It’s always a pleasure.

How many assistants do you have?
I don’t have assistants, I have work colleagues. We all work together as part of the one team.

Who makes your shirts?
Various people, including Richard James and Spencer Hart.

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Philanthropy should be…
Natural. If you’re lucky enough to be in a position to give back, then it shouldn’t be a chore.

My business mantra is…
Work hard, keep your feet on the ground and thank God for every lucky break you get.

Where do you summer?
South of France.

Favourite hotel suite?
Metropole Hotel in Monaco.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Beans on toast.

When I drive, I drive…
A BMW 6 Series.

Money lets me…
Enjoy life’s great luxuries.

My greatest success in business was…
Learning how to be a great cook.

My greatest failure in business was…
Taking things for granted.

Where are you right now?
In my office in Soho.

Which watch do you wear?
Rolex and Tag are my two preferred watches.

Which restaurant is indispensable?
Pollen Street Social.

Where in the world are you happiest?
Pollen Street Social.

How did you earn your first pay cheque?
Donkey boy in Skegness.

To me, wealth means…
Good health and a happy family.

Spear’s is sharp and to the point. I am…
Tough and fair.

Jason Atherton’s book Social Suppers is published on 19 June by Bloomsbury

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