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Barnsley Lad Lands Job At Top London Restaurant

Friday January 17 2014

A BARNSLEY lad who always wanted to be a chef has landed his dream job at a world-famous Gordon Ramsay restaurant.

Chris Hemsworth, who's landed a job at The Savoy Grill, begins his role as demi chef de partie later this month.

He cooked for 160 at his interview last month.

"I just can't wait to get started," the 22-year-old said.

Chris was working at Macdonald Leeming House, Ullswater.

He was raised in Barnsley and his mum, Gill Budby, lives off Doncaster Road, Stairfoot.

He went to St Michael's Catholic High School and studied catering at Barnsley College.

His first major job was at the Lemon Tree Trattoria in Honley, Huddersfield, and he later worked in his home town at Pinocchio's, on New Street.

It was at the Copthorne Hotel, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, where head chef Mark Jones pushed Chris hard to develop his career.

Chris added: "He was very firm with me, pushed me out of my comfort zone, but only because he wanted to help me and to push me forward.

"From there I ended up in the Lake District as chef de partie, and when I saw the advert for the job at The Savoy, I decided to apply.

"They asked me to an interview, and it was straight into it. I did 160 covers for lunch. That's not a lot though for a restaurant like that.

"To work at The Savoy, at one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants, is what I'd dreamed of."

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Reply Posted by Jim on Friday January 17 2014 at 13:03
Well done lad!! Let's hope it's the start of a brilliant career! Pleased for you!!

Reply Posted by AHR on Friday January 17 2014 at 13:20
Well done Chris, it's hard work in the catering industry but I hope you succeed in a job you love.

Reply Posted by steve fitzgerald on Friday January 17 2014 at 15:11
Good luck Chris,thats 3 from Pinocchios who have gone to Gordons.best wishes mate

Reply Posted by Lyn Fawcett on Saturday January 18 2014 at 04:11
Well done Chris, I hope you have a great career and that you keep your enthusiasm for food.
It's a great start you have had, and it is getting better and better. :)

Reply Posted by Proud of you as Barnsley College student push on and upward but remember your routes on Saturday January 18 2014 at 09:39
As Chair of Barnsley College its impressive to see how students from Barnsley progress very well done your Mum must be proud

Reply Posted by Josie Thirkell on Saturday January 18 2014 at 09:40
roots not routes

Reply Posted by danni on Monday January 20 2014 at 18:14
Lmfao josie! I was thinking the same.