Who am I?
It all started a decade ago with a fun new hobby, growing my own veg and learning how to cook them. As my curiosity and love of food grew, I entered a culinary programme called Future Chef, run by Springboard, while at school and discovered that working with food was my true calling, even though I was considering becoming a doctor.
At 16 I embarked on my culinary dream. Although daunting, I moved to London to train at the prestigious Westminster Kingsway College, where I was mentored by Master of the Culinary Arts Frederick Forster.
I worked at the Boundary Restaurant for a year and then moved to The Ritz London, an amazing life changing opportunity, under John Williams MBE. At The Ritz I trained and honed my culinary skills for five years, completed my Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Apprenticeship with distinction and progressed from commis to Chef de Partie. Whilst there The Ritz won its first Michelin Star in its 110-year history, I turned 21 and I won the Young Chef of the Year award.
Since then I’ve worked as Head Chef at two renowned restaurants, Luton Hoo Hotel’s fine dining restaurant Wernher and Notting Hill’s celebrity hot spot Pomona's. I'm now at the stove at The Princess of Shoreditch, where myself and my team are constantly pushing to better what we do.
Over the years I’ve developed an obsession with modern British cuisine, using seasonal local produce to create dishes that are packed with flavour. I’m also a huge advocate of using local suppliers and small businesses to source ingredients.
I wouldn’t say I’m at home in front of the camera, but I’ve become significantly more accustome to it over the years. In 2018 I appeared on BBC Two's Million Pound Menu, last year I cooked on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and you can currently see me competing on BBC Two’s Great British Menu.
When I’m not working, I really enjoy helping the younger generation enter and progress in the culinary world. Currently I work with primary schools, delivering the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts - adopt a school programme, I was a mentor for the 2019 Future Chef programme where my student made the national final, and I donate some of my time to the Springboard Charity.
Make people happy and do it with food.
Awards and Accolades
BBC 2 Great British Menu 2020 Finalist
Saturday Kitchen Appearances
Bocuse D’Or UK National finalist
Ambassador for Association of Culinary Excellence
Ambassador For Springboard Charity
BBC2 Million Pound Menu 2018 – Winner.
Craft Guild Diploma Award – 2017
World Final Worldskills Championships Abu Dhabi 2017 – 6th(out of 77 nations)
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Michael Bourdin Scholarship – 2016
Royal Academy Annual Awards of Excellence 2016
Young National Chef of the year 2016
Springboard Charity Chairman Special Award 2015
Craft Guild of Chefs Rising Star Award – 2014
Craft Guild Graduate Awards 2014 – Graduate
Masterchefs of Great Britain Young Chef of The Year 2013 and 2014
Craft Guild of Chefs Apprentice Chef Of the Year Award – 2013