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In my day: We quiz Carl Johannesson on the time of his life

Q. What was your decade?

A. Definitely the 1990s when I was in my teens, living at home and just starting out on my career as a chef.

Q. What was life like?

A. It was great! There were no hassles or problems, all I had to do was cook part-time in a restaurant and go to school and college. It was a totally carefree time, even though I worked every weekend from the age of 14. The crew in the kitchen mentored me and became life-long friends.

Q. What were you listening to back then?

A. A lot of Britpop including Oasis - but not Blur. I can remember going to a Beastie Boys concert in Glasgow at the time and it was just amazing. I'd listened to them for so long, finally getting to see them live was such an experience.

Q. And the style then?

A. It was very casual with Adidas, destroyed denim and Stone Island tops. My hair was quite long. I think I'd curtains at one stage.

QWhat has changed?

A. Life is much more hectic - there's never enough time. Everything is here and now with Twitter and smartphones. I'd say I get a lot less sleep than before.

Q. What was better?

A. There was no pressure - you weren't juggling 15 things at once. It was an easier pace of life, but I'm not sure I'd like to go back.

  • Carl Johannesson is head chef of James Street South Bar + Grill in Belfast

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