A Spalding trainee chef will have his culinary skills tested to the limit after landing a job with Hell’s Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay.
Scott Brackenbury (17) is hoping to avoid the TV’s chef infamous outbursts when he starts work at Ramsay’s Maze Restaurant in London after successfully completing an apprenticeship at Sage Restaurant in Spalding.
The young chef was invited down to Maze for a trial, with just two days’ notice, and was put through a gruelling 16-and-a-half-hour grilling, working both lunchtime and evening services at the London restaurant.
Scott was able to demonstrate his passion for food, as well as knife and pastry skills while making a lemon tart for guests at the restaurant based in London’s Mayfair.
He said: “I don’t think they expected me to have my Level Three qualification in professional cookery, but through working at Sage Restaurant I was able to fast track my qualifications which prepared me for everything I was asked to do at Maze Restaurant.”
Scott’s ambition to have a career in catering was fuelled by winning an apprenticeship at Sage Restaurant, run by Boston College, after leaving school.
He said: “I knew Sage would be the perfect environment to pick up real-life skills for a successful career as a chef.
“Having gained all my experience there, I was able to adapt easily to the strict and pressurised environment of a professional kitchen after working under top chefs during my apprenticeship.”
Half way through the trial Scott was told he had landed a role as a Commis Chef, following in the footsteps of fellow Boston College student Jason Atherton who has gone on to set up his own global restaurant business.
A college spokesman said: “We are so proud of Scott and delighted a student has followed in Jason’s footsteps.”