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Maryland man wants to be named Britain's best young chef

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 March 2017

Chef Paul Matthews in the kitchen

Chef Paul Matthews in the kitchen

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Rising star, Paul Matthews, is hoping to be crowned Britain's best young chef.

Chef Paul Matthews in the kitchenChef Paul Matthews in the kitchen

The 29-year-old, 
who is head chef at Vacherin, a catering firm, is hoping to wow big names judges Michel Roux Jnr, the ex-Masterchef judge, James Martin, former BBC Saturday Kitchen presenter and Brian Turner CBE, of BBC Two’s Ready, Steady, Cook.

Paul, of Buxton Road, Maryland, entered the same BBC Two competition last year, but is hoping to be crowned 2017 champion during tomorrow’s final.

“I was in it last year and came close to winning,” he explained.

“I believe from what I have seen and from what people I have worked with say, is that you can’t really win it first time round, but it’s gave me the belief to come back and win it this second time around.”

The caterer, who leads a contract with law firm, Fieldfisher, has landed some huge accolades, including an Acorn Award and Unit Chef of the Year for his hard work.

He added: “It was a very good year, so had no doubt about entering again.”

Paul, knew from an early age that he wanted to become a chef, but he’s now hoping to take his dream to the next level by landing the prestigious award and hopefully start his own business in the coming years.

“From quite an early age, at about 13 or 14 I realised it was what I wanted to do,” he added.

“I graduated from college with a distinction and from there I started entering competitions. It has taken 10 years for some justification, but people are starting to take note of the graft behind me and what I have done.”

Winning could set him on his way, as the majority of champions have gone on to run their own restaurants and earn Michelin Stars.“That’s the plan. I want to go and work for myself, but I definitely want to commit to Fieldfisher for a few years,” Paul said.

“I think of myself as a chef who can cover a lot of the kitchen and there are so many things I love, but Lemon tart is definitely up there.”

Visit rouxscholarship.co.uk to keep up to date with the competition.

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