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Meet the National Chef of the Year semi-finalists: Joseph Fallowfield

Joseph Fallowfield, sous chef at The Elephant will line-up against nine other talented chefs in heat three of National Chef of the Year (NCOTY) at Le Cordon Bleu this week. Before the judges taste his dishes and decide whether he should join our top ten, we wanted to get to know him a little better.

Tell us how you first heard about the competition and what attracted you to enter?

I first heard about NCOTY through Twitter. I was browsing chef competitions but originally dismissed it as I thought I wasn’t strong enough.

Where were you when you first discovered you had made it into the National Chef of the Year semi-finals? 

I found out that I was through to the semi-finals of the competition mid-way through a busy lunch service via a text from my head chef.  I can’t say that I’ve celebrated yet, but it’s on the cards. 

Who has been your biggest inspiration in your career so far?

I’ve been inspired by so many chefs and I truly believe that every day is a school day. However, at the moment, Simon Hulstone is the chef that is putting me through my paces.  

Which part of the menu are you most looking forward to serving up and what was your inspiration for this dish?

My starter is my favourite part of the menu which I put together for entry. It’s not over-complicated, just tasty and fresh. Hopefully the judges will like it too. 

How will you feel if your name is called out as a finalist?

I would be ecstatic to get through to the final. However, it’s a pleasure just to compete against the other chefs at this stage.

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