The Young National Chef of the Year finalist, Josh Ambridge is currently working as a junior sous chef at Lords of the Manor. He did the first year of his apprenticeship at Trouble House in Tetbury and then his Level 3 at Calcot Manor.
The three things which Josh loves most about being a chef are meeting new people, learning different cooking styles and cuisines and creating a dish from start to finish.
When he was growing up, Josh wasn’t sure what he wanted to be, but he hadn’t considered being a chef until he started cooking at college and found he loved it. His head chef, Charles Smith has inspired him the most during his career so far. Josh admires his creativity and the fact Charles has previously won The Young National Chef of the Year competition and worked at some incredible places.
One of the things Josh loves about competing in events like YNCOTY is meeting new chefs who are his age and with a similar attitude to working life. He loves learning different things from other chefs as well as the adrenaline rush that competitions give you. Whilst he is feeling nervous for the final, he’s also extremely proud to be taking a place on the stage.
Winning the competition would mean everything to him as it's something he has wanted to do for a while. Although he didn’t think he would make it this far after having an issue with his pastry cases in the semi-finals. To prepare for the final in a few weeks, Josh has been practising regularly after work, especially the smaller elements, so he feels confident he can do them perfectly on the day. He’s also been getting other chefs to taste his dishes to get as much feedback as possible.