Thornbury sous chef through to exclusive cook-off final
5:02pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A THORNBURY sous chef has surpassed the masters by beating a host of veteran cooks for a place in the final at the coveted South West Chef of the Year awards.
Andrew Chan, a member of the catering team at Thornbury Castle, flew through the semi-finals of the exclusive competition this month and will be vying for the champion title next week.
The 29-year-old had just an hour and a half to prepare a hake starter and lamb dish for a panel of six industry experts in Exeter on October 12.
He was one of just three contestants to make the cut.
"I'm still shocked I got through," he told the Gazette. "I beat some of head chefs. I put my head down and did what I normally do. To be honest I didn't expect to get through."
The unusual final on October 28 in Exeter will test Andrew's creativity and ability to think on his feet. The remaining competitors will be presented with a mystery ingredient box and asked to concoct a main dish and dessert for the judges.
But the young chef is far from daunted at the prospect of a blind challenge.
"I'm ok at the moment," he said. "There's nothing that's going to throw me I don't think. I'll just carry on doing what I'm doing."
South West Chef of the Year celebrates the skill and dedication of professional and up-and-coming chefs and amateur cooks.
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