Five minutes with Tendai


Pork chops, rum, Iron Man and Jack Sparrow, Tendai our Software Engineer was full of surprises for his five minutes with.

If I was on death row my last meal would be: Pork chops with dijon sauce, mash potatoes and French beans with some kind of rum based cocktail 🍹

When are you most happy? When I am cooking, because I love cooking, I find it relaxing and I can always try out new things. I cook almost every night, the last really good meal I made was pan roasted pork chops with caramelised apple and brandy sauce, it was for my mum at Easter and she loved it!

What would your perfect day be? On holiday somewhere preferably a hot tropical island. I would go sailing all day ⛵️ then have cocktails; probably Long Island Iced Tea. Then I would have an amazing dinner whatever is local to the place.

What was your dream job growing up? I wanted to be a builder for as long as I can remember, then I wanted to be a doctor but I realised that I hated blood. I wanted to be an astronaut because I wanted to go to into space, a developer was on the way to being an astronaut I suppose 👨‍🚀

What annoys you? People that don’t rinse the soap off dishes when they do the washing up.

What is an interesting fact about you which people wouldn’t know: I played the cello for 10 years right up until I was 16. I was the leader of cellos for the Brighton youth orchestra, and I played in a group performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

(Cello, is it Tendai 👆 you’re looking for?)

If you had to give up one of your five senses which would it be and why? It would have to be sight. I wouldn’t get rid of sound because I love music, nor taste or smell because I love food, and I think I would rather touch, so sight is the one left to get rid of 👀

If you could only take three items to a desert island what would they be? A phone which had music on (all kinds of music, I like everything), rum, and a book that I never have time to read – like Lord of the Rings.

How do you want to be remembered? Easy going… I think people think that I am easy going at the moment. Actually I want to be remembered like Iron Man a billionaire philanthropist, or Bill Gates if I put enough effort in then maybe I will be.

If you could bring one fictional character to life who would it be and why? Jack Sparrow, because he always sees the best side of every situation, and he likes rum. I would even swap him for a book as an item on the desert island 🏝

What is your favourite comedy movie? The Other Guys, it’s just crude in your face humour.

The best thing about working at Ocasta is: The coffee – I love it! The team too – we’ve got quite a mix of opinions and personalities.