We question David Higgs, chef at Marble Restaurant.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Former US President John F Kennedy.
What book are you reading at the moment?
The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O Wilson.
Which phrase or word do you most overuse?
Don’t f*** it up.
What was your first job?
As a breakfast chef in 1989 in Cape Town at the three-star Tulbagh Protea Hotel.
What’s the worst airport you’ve been in?
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar — there’s no aircon, and it’s very hot and humid. Your bags are brought to you on a wheelbarrow.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that people don’t know?
I had a great love for soccer as a child — I played for what was then Vasco da Gama, one of the premiership teams. It ended when I was about 12. It’s something I would have really loved to have taken further.
Nominate your eighth wonder of the world.
Cooking galjoen on a braai on the Skeleton Coast.
What is the one investment you wish you had made earlier?
Investing in my career by moving to Johannesburg sooner — it changed my life.
Is there such a thing as enough money and, if so, how much is it?
There’s definitely such a thing as enough money. What it is, varies from household to household and person to person. As someone who lives by himself and has no responsibilities, it’s nice to be able to have enough to make a small difference in other people’s lives.
When and where were you happiest?
Either fishing in Namibia, or on my KTM motorcycle.
What is your biggest indulgence?
Bicycles and cars.
How do you deal with stress? / What are your top tips in handling stress?
I say f*** a lot. But what works best for me is when I make time to ride my bike.
Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Deadpool, in the movie of the same name, for sure.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My father. And, sadly, I was never able to cook for him while he was still alive.
Tell us about a hidden gem in SA.
There’s a little speakeasy called Sin & Taxes in Rosebank, Johannesburg, that I sometimes pop into — more often than I should — after work.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I have a great new-found love for art. It would be great to have the ability to express myself well on canvas.