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Meet the Sheffield semi-finalist: Matthew Ramsdale, senior sous chef at The Chester Grosvenor

We love seeing chefs come back and keep trying in the National Chef of the Year final as that determined attitude is what takes to make it to the top. Good luck to Matthew who will be taking part in heat one of the competition in Sheffield. This is what he told us ahead of the semi-final.

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

I first heard about National Chef when I started doing competitions from early on in my career. This being one of the major competitions I always wanted to wait until I was ready before entering. This is my third year in the semi-finals and I really hope to make it to the national finals this year.

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

I discovered I had made the semi-finals while at work and it was a great pleasure to celebrate alongside all the chefs that helped me achieve it.

How are you preparing for the next stage of the competition?

Preparations for the semis have been vigorous; working closely with my commis chef to make sure everything will go smoothly on the day.

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

I’ve had some major inspirations in my career including Michael Caines and Matt Moran. Most recently Simon Radley alongside my head chef Gareth Jones have helped inspire me for this.

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

I’m very much looking forward to serving up my starter. It’s a play on a childhood classic of mine so it’s a special dish given a modern twist.

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

To hear my name called out as a finalist would be incredible, it would top off three years of pushing myself.

Tell us something that followers of the competition may not already know about you.

I spent two months working in a beautiful oyster bar in Auckland City harbour in New Zealand.

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