Mark Hix is a food writer, chef and owner of The Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis.

A local, he moved to London when he was 18 as a chef and opened his first restaurant 12 years ago – HIX Oyster and Chop House, then HIX Oyster and Fish House that year. Sadly, tbe business was put into administration earlier this year, but Mark managed to secure the fixtures and fittings and a new lease for the Fish House on his own.

"So it’s all back to the beginning now, a brand new business, just me and my team with no investors," he says.

What would be your perfect day out in Dorset?

Out on my boat for an early fish then lunch back at The Oyster and Fish House and a little fish on the river Axe in the evening.

What are your fondest memories of the county?

I grew up in Dorset. I fished and played golf as a kid. Then I would help my Grandad Bill in the garden and watch things like The Two Ronnies and Fawlty Towers with him.

I have fond memories of growing up by the sea. A bit later in life, when I returned it all seemed much different and more advanced and sophisticated and a perfect place to settle and start a new business.

What has been your proudest achievement?

I won the Great British Menu competing against my mates and got two dishes through to the final when only one was the intention. Also, setting up on my own.

Starting up my own restaurants some 12 years ago but then losing everything was an eye opener and a learning curve to start all over again.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

From my Grandad who was an amazing multi-tasking guy from mayor to prize-winning Chrysanthemum grower. I have also been inspired by my college lecturer Lawrie Mills who taught me all sorts of stuff outside and inside the kitchen.

What would be your favourite thing to do when you have a day off?

Fishing with my eight-year-old daughter, Isla, on my boat in Lyme Regis.

Where is your favourite place to eat in the county?

I don’t really eat in that many places other than at mine and a barbecue on the beach is a must (where it’s allowed of course!).

What three things do you associate with Dorset?

Growing up. Great food. Good, honest people.

If you could summarise the county in one word what would it be?