The Young National Chef of the Year finalist, William Keeble completed two years of culinary training at Farnborough Technology College before taking on a role at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. He is currently working at Whatley Manor as a demi chef de partie.
William loves being a chef because he enjoys working as part of a team in which everyone strives towards one goal. He grew up watching a lot of food programmes on TV and believes these inspired him from a young age to become a chef. Growing up it was all he wanted to do.
For William, Raymond Blanc is a big inspiration and he watched a lot of his programmes when he was younger. Having the chance to work for him for three years showed him just how passionate he is about the industry, which is something that William admires greatly.
With just a few weeks until the final of YNCOTY, William admits he likes the pressure of competing and believes it’s a good test to see where you are compared to other chefs of a similar age. Being a finalist is definitely a goal he can now tick off his list and it was an honour for him to be invited to compete in the semis. To make it through to the final is a massive achievement for him.
Whilst for William, winning would be surreal it would mean all the hard work he has put in over recent years has paid off. He will be preparing for the final by doing as many run-throughs of his dishes as possible. This way when it comes to the big day, he can just focus on what he needs to do to impress those judges.