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In my day: We quiz Gary McIldowney on the time of his life

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Gary McIldowney on the idea behind his 'Slims' restaurants

Gary McIldowney on the idea behind his 'Slims' restaurants

Gary McIldowney on the idea behind his 'Slims' restaurants

Q: What was your decade?

A: The 90s. Life was much simpler - going to school and working part-time with no worries or stress. It's also the decade where I found my two passions - music and food.

Q: What was life like?

A: I was at grammar school and keen to work part-time when I probably should have been grafting for exams. I got the bus from school at 3.15pm and was usually in work at the Wellington Park Hotel by 4pm a couple of evenings a week. It was great to have money to spend on whatever I wanted, mostly music.

Q: What were you listening to?

A: Repetitive electronic music and big dance tunes.

Q: And the style?

A: Really bad and embarrassing. Big brand names emblazoned across clothing. Two of the most expensive items I've owned are from the 90s - a really uncool Henri Lloyd sailing jacket and a brown leather jacket I picked up in New York.

Q: What has changed?

A: I've developed my own style rather than trying to keep up with the fashion pack. The biggest change is having a family.

Q: What was better?

A: Well, all the money I earned, I spent on me.

  • Gary McIldowney is owner of Slim's Healthy Kitchen, Lisburn Road, Belfast www.slimskitchen.com

Belfast Telegraph