Updated: Mar 31, 2020
What’s your favourite destination you’ve been to in the world and why?
Kenya of course! A) For starters I was born there and Kenya/Africa gets in your blood, experience it once and you're hooked B) Kenya has some of the most incredible long white-sand beaches in the world, warm waters (ahh the Indian Ocean) and the freshest seafood and C) the wildlife and going on safari - I can't even begin try to explain what happens to all your senses when you experience a safari in Kenya – it’s a bucket list experience.
If you could teleport yourself somewhere new right now, where would it be?
The Maldives, lying on a sun lounger in my overwater bungalow, cocktail in hand - cheers!
What’s your funniest travel experience?
I have many but two that spring to mind both include the same two travel companions but different years and different destinations. One occurred in NYC and the other in Hawaii – let’s just say that the funniest experiences often come down to your choice in travel companions (so choose them wisely) 'what goes on tour, stays on tour'!
What’s your worst travel experience?
One I would rather forget but in summary it involved a long-haul flight (Sydney to Glasgow with my final destination being Edinburgh), not being able to land due to heavy snow on the runway, being diverted to another airport miles from where I needed to be and fighting for space on a train with the hundreds of other affected passengers. The final part of my journey was spent trudging through snow for 20 minutes with two suitcases, a laptop bag and handbag (taxis where at a stand-still due to snow depths of up to 30 inches in some places). That December the UK recorded its coldest December since Met Office records began in 1910!
What’s the one item you can’t live without when you fly?
Something warm. I find planes so cold so I always need a cosy jumper to put on.
What’s the most random thing you’ve experienced or witnessed in a hotel or resort?
Having a swarm of thousands of African bees decide to build their nest under my tent whilst I was inside - I was staying in a luxury safari lodge where the tents are raised off the ground. It was an unbelievable experience and also quite frightening given I am allergic to bee stings but luckily I had the chance to zip the tent up, so I was quite safe!
Describe the best culinary experience you’ve ever had?
I feel very privileged to say there have been many but one that tops the list was a Tetsuya Wakuda experience in 2010. Not only I was privy to his wit and culinary expertise in an intimate masterclass followed by an incredible degustation meal but I also had the honour of hosting him on a scenic helicopter flight over Great Barrier Reef prior to his kitchen commitments!
If you could have one celebrity at a dinner party, who would it be and why?
Elton John - because of his reputation for throwing flamboyant Oscar after parties so I reckon he's got some fabulous stories to share at a dinner party and of course would have a piano conveniently on display and hope for some post-dinner entertainment.
What has been a career highlight to date?
Being involved from activation to fruition (brainstorming, initiating and hosting) the Ultimate Instameet, a first of its kind global Instagram campaign in 2010.
What’s one quirky fact about you?
I have a special dance I do when the Champagne has been flowing a bit too freely - its known as Katie's Kenyan Butt Dance!!!