Meet the National Chef of the Year semi-finalist: Derek Johnstone
It’s almost time for ten chefs to battle it out in the first heat of National Chef of the Year 2018. How are the chefs feeling ahead of the competition at Sheffield College? We chatted to Derek Johnstone, head chef, from Borthwick Castle to get his thoughts on the event.
Tell us how you first heard about the competition and what attracted you to enter?
Where were you when you first discovered you had made it into the National Chef of the Year semi-finals?
How are you preparing for the next stage of the competition?
Who has been your biggest inspiration in your career so far?
Which part of the menu are you most looking forward to serving up and what was your inspiration for this dish?
I am looking forward to serving the whole menu to be honest. The seasonal produce is wonderful just now so I am really excited about using it.
How will you feel if your name is called out as a finalist?
Tell us something that followers of the competition may not already know about you.