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Meet the Sheffield semi-finalist: Marcin Pomierny, head chef at The Maids Head Hotel

With it semi-finals of The National Chef of the Year being upon us we’ve been catching up with the chefs taking part to get to know them a little better. We are looking forward to tasting Marcin’s dishes at the first heat in Sheffield/

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

In 2008, I read about the competition in the newspaper and applied for the Young Chef of the Year in which I qualified for the final. Over the next 11 years, I gained more culinary experience. Last year, I was in the NCOTY semi-finals and this year I will be pushing to be the final.

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

I was at home on break and I looked on Instagram and spotted someone had already added the top 40 chef results. I opened the page to check if I got through and then a smile appeared on my face!

How did you celebrate your achievement?

I didn’t celebrate. I will celebrate when I am in the final.

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

This year I am going to Sheffield by car. I am just focusing on practising my dishes at the moment. I spoke with my supplier about pre-ordering the products as I like to check that my products are of the highest quality.

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

My biggest inspiration were the chefs I worked with whilst staying as an intern at the Michelin Starred Restaurants; Petrus Restaurant in London, Gordon Ramsay Restaurant and The Hand & Flower in Marlow. These internships in restaurants showed me how to be an even more creative chef.

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

I like serving my chocolate tart, the recipe for the chocolate mouse is the best ever.

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

I will feel a great sense of satisfaction and that my dream has come true!

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

My nickname in the industry is “Magic” because my food is quite magical!

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