The Chef

Name

Ed Baines

Job

Chef and co-owner of Randall & Aubin in Soho

Age

39

Where

London

How much do you get paid?

A top chef can look at £100k.The chef

How did you get into it?

I fell into it, really. As a teenager I found myself banging on the door of a kitchen at a patisserie and it grew from there.

What are the hours like?

Horrific. You have to be disciplined – your mates want to go to the pub while you go to work at 4pm on a Saturday.

Describe your average working day

Mine’s a bit different to most chefs because I’m a restaurateur as well, but a day might involve meetings with my chef, meeting people in the office, working with my management team and then writing recipes in the evening.

What are your co-workers like?

In the industry, they’re mostly good – there are a few twats.

What’s the best perk?

Wine, women and song. If you’re in your early 30s and you’ve got your own restaurant it’s a party every night.

What causes you the most hassle?

Staff. It’s a real den of iniquity in a restaurant and becoming an alcoholic is an occupational hazard.

What was your worst experience?

The time I sat down with my business partner five years ago and realised that things were going tits up. We had five restaurants. Now I have one and I’m happy.

Is your job good for meeting women?

Unbelievable, because women see you as creative. A restaurant is the most decadent thing to own.

What was your dream job?

This, I guess – ever since childhood I’ve had an infatuation with food. Find Ed’s recipes at www.cooksforcooks.com

The Debt Collector

Name

Kerry Bland

Job

Jack Russell Collections

Age

49

Where

Manchester

How much do you get paid?

From zilch to getting a decent percentage of a £200k debt.

How did you get into it?

I was a tax collector – so I’ve actually become more popular!

What are the hours like?

Long. Probably 80 hours a week. It’s very tough work, but it’s not intense all the time. It’s not all knocking on doors.

Describe your average working day

A lot of it is prioritising the jobs: biggest debts, say, or most important clients. I’ve not had anyone get physical with me in five years – not since I was chased off a farm with a shotgun.

What are your co-workers like?

Women – back at the office. And they’re all top notch.

What’s the best perk?

Visiting pubs or restaurants where you can sit down and have a nice meal and a couple of pints.

What causes you the most hassle?

Red tape. Admin is a pain in the arse. It’s very time consuming.

What was your worst experience?

A brewery client invited us for a trip around the brewery and unfortunately a few colleagues and I had too much to drink, upset the director and got sacked.

Is your job good for meeting women?

Definitely. There are some very attractive ones out there. And some Rottweilers.

What was your dream job?

A journalist. I used to write a sports page for our local rag.