My life in travel: Marcus Wareing, chef

'I'd love to take a trip across America'

First holiday memory?

My dad generally worked seven days a week but for two weeks of the year he used to treat us to a holiday in places like Spain, Tenerife, Tunisia and Italy. It was always a package trip and it was nice for me to be able to go abroad from such a young age. We never really holidayed in Britain.

Best holiday?

My last holiday, which was in a villa in the South of France, just outside of St-Tropez, near Port Grimaud. I went with my wife, Jane, and our three children. It was fantastic – a lovely villa with a swimming pool and perfect weather. It had everything we needed and we cooked every day; it was great.

Favourite place in the British Isles?

A couple of years ago I had three cottage holidays in Cornwall and Devon. So although I don't have one specific favourite place, I'd have to say the South of England – the coast down there is beautiful.

What have you learnt from your travels?

With young children, it's best to try and keep it as simple as possible. My children are aged eight, five and two and we usually try to avoid staying in hotels.

Beach bum, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie?

At this stage of my life, I'd have to say that I'm a beach bum.

Greatest travel luxury?

It's nice not to have to fly in economy, but the luxury for me is peace of mind of where I'm going. This year we have decided to go back to the South of France, because the villa company we used last time – Royal Villas – got it absolutely spot on.

Holiday reading?

If I get through a whole book I'm lucky. Generally I like biographies and the last one I read was about Barack Obama. I thought Piers Morgan's diaries were hilarious and Jeffrey Archer's biography was an interesting read.

Where has seduced you?

The Maldives and Mauritius are pretty special – the ultimate beach locations. We stayed at Le Saint Géran in Mauritius and Kanuhura in the Maldives.

Better to travel or arrive?

I love travelling on my own and with my wife, but less so with the children. I love the experience of flying, from getting to the airport to checking in and getting on the plane. With kids, it's a complete nightmare.

Worst travel experience?

I have always been very cautious, but flying in business class on a night flight with the kids when they wouldn't sleep was a stress. The minute you sit down in the cabin with children, people look at you and you feel like this alien that's just stepped on to the plane.

Worst holiday?

When I was dating Jane about 16 years ago, I took her to a hotel in Tenerife I went to as a child. It was a place I remembered very fondly but with Jane it was the opposite of what I wanted it to be. It was a disaster. The weather was bad too and I just thought: "Why have I done this?"

Worst hotel?

The hotel in Tenerife. The food was disgusting. I enjoyed it as a kid but going back as an adult and a chef, I found it bitterly disappointing.

Best hotel?

Le Saint Géran in Mauritius. It captures everything about a holiday – the service, the hospitality and the location. Because I work such long and hard hours, the holidays I enjoy and remember most tend to be the ones near a beach.

Favourite walk/swim/ride/drive?

Driving along the Corniches in the south of France is pretty special and I'm very happy walking on Wandsworth Common in south-west London, where I live. I love it; it's where I play in the park with my children and it feels very family-oriented.

Best meal abroad?

At Alinea Restaurant, in Chicago. It has attention to detail at the highest level. It's modern and stylish, the service is impeccable and the food is unique. A very, very special place.

First thing you do when you arrive somewhere new?

If I'm with the kids, we try to get into the swimming pool as fast as possible. Then I'm happy.

Dream trip?

Once I've achieved everything I ever wanted to – setting up the businesses so that they're all happily functioning – I'd love for Jane and I to go on a long trip. I'd like not to worry about work and to do something like travel across America; go to the Far East, which I've never done; and discover Australia and New Zealand. The trouble is there is so little time right now.

Favourite city?

London. I love the culture and the history; it's a city with so much depth. There are things about it that annoy me, like some of the new buildings that go up that you would never see in places like Paris – I understand why Prince Charles gets so annoyed. But I've got to say London, because of the culture and the great gastronomy.

Where next?

The south of France.

Marcus Wareing is Chef Patron of Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge, London (020-7235 6000;

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Ashdown Group: Print Designer - High Wycombe - Permanent £28K

    £25000 - £28000 per annum + 24 days holiday, bonus, etc.: Ashdown Group: Print...

    Recruitment Genius: Business Travel Consultant

    £20000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in London, Manches...

    Recruitment Genius: Customer and Brand Manager

    £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Customer and Brand Manager required for ...

    Ashdown Group: Systems Administrator

    £25000 - £35000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Administrator A...

    Day In a Page

    Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

    How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

    Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
    Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

    'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

    In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
    Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

    The Arab Spring reversed

    Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
    King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

    Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

    Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
    Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

    Who is Oliver Bonas?

    It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
    Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

    Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

    However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
    60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

    60 years of Scalextric

    Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
    Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

    Why are we addicted to theme parks?

    Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
    Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

    Iran is opening up again to tourists

    After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
    10 best PS4 games

    10 best PS4 games

    Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
    Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

    Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

    Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
    Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

    ‘Can we really just turn away?’

    Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
    Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

    Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

    ... and not just because of Isis vandalism
    Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

    Girl on a Plane

    An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
    Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

    Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

    The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent