Dayashankar Sharma currently leads the kitchen at Grand Trunk Road in South Woodford.
Prior to this, he was head chef at Michelin-starred Mayfair Indian restaurant Tamarind. and Kensington classic Zaika.
When he’s not in the kitchen he likes a Full English and a falafel wrap, as well as some quality Indian food.
Where do you like to grab a quick bite? I always head along to the Edgware Road, my favourite little place is Ranoush Juice. I always order a Lebanese falafel shwarma wrap with beetroot, it’s delicious!
And which would be your ultimate London restaurant for a special occasion? I love Bombay Brassiere in Kensington, it’s a really classic restaurant with a consistent authenticity to its food. The last time I went was for my wedding anniversary and we were very well looked after. The service is impeccable.
You often get out of work late. Where do you head to eat and drink? When I finish work the best place for me is always home. My wife’s cooking is second to none.
What’s your favourite local gem? I love Bombetta in Snaresbrook – they have a great menu and the food is always good value, the best part about it is it’s really close to my work.
Where do you go to cure a persistent hangover? The first choice is always bed! But I also love going to Roast for the best English Breakfast in town.
What’s your favourite cocktail, and where do you drink it? I love a classic mojito. A favourite of mine is Talli Joe. Failing that the mojito at Grand Trunk Road is sublime, too.
Where do you rate for food shopping? I venture around Ilford quite a bit, and there’s some great quality food available there. I can always pick up rare spices from the international shops and markets.