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John Quigley

Chef Owner, Red Onion Restaurant, Glasgow

  • What was your favourite subject at school?

Modern Studies I actually got the prize! And art

  • What was your first job?

Gardening, I was 16 and cut the grass of all the big houses in Bothwell

  • Which is your favourite restaurant /hotel?

Alistair Littles in Soho back in 90’s, he had a star but was first to break the Michelin mold

  • How do you inspire your team

Encouragement, sharing positive feedback reviews etc and leading by example.

  • Which person in hospitality have you most admired / inspired you?

Alistair Little as a chef, Ken McCulloch as an operator

  • How do you manage your stress levels?

Try and get some exercise between shifts, there is a pool in hotel across the street which is a great de-stressor

  • Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – and why?

All of the above, mainly to share relevant information, updates, offers etc about the restaurant, mainly business

  • If you had not gone into hospitality, where do you think you would be now?

Probably gone to art school and maybe teaching.

  • What did you do on your last days off?

Watched some sport, did the garden, made roast dinner, went for a run

  • What do you do to relax, to support your wellbeing?

I try to exercise daily whether that’s a swim or a jog, recently got a turntable so rediscovering all my old vinyl