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Young chef lands dream job with Gordon Ramsay

By Mike Cotton, Town Reporter Friday 10th January 2014
Chris Hemsworth.

A Barnsley lad who always wanted to be a chef has landed his dream job at the Savoy Grill, Gordon Ramsay's restaurant within London's world famous Savoy Hotel.


Chris Hemsworth, 22, begins his role as demi chef de partie later this month. He cooked for 160 at his interview last month.


He said: "I just can't wait to get started. I'm still working in the Lake District at the moment. Basically I've got a couple of weeks to find a place and move to London."


Chris is currently 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, New Street.


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


"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."


Chris's mum Gill has always worked in catering and Chris has lent a hand from a young age.


"Every since I can remember it's what I wanted to do.

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