Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Career for Winner of TV Show; BUSINESS BRIEFING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Career for Winner of TV Show; BUSINESS BRIEFING

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A MODEL from Hexham has kickstarted a new career in the food industry after winning a BBC1 cooking competition.

Chris Baber won the TV show Yes Chef in September, and has since trained with Michelin starholding chef Atul Kochhar to hone his skills in the kitchen.

After the pair worked together on the show, the top chef invited Mr Baber to spend two months being mentored by him in London. The invitation was one Mr Baber could not turn down.

Mr baber said: "On the application for Yes Chef, it asked: 'Who is your favourite chef?'. And I had written Atul Kochhar,.

"One of the challenges was to create a signature dish, and one of mine was based on one of his. Then I get there and he was actually the guest judge on the day - and I actually cooked one of his meals for him to taste, without me knowing he was going to be there.

"We ended up winning the show together, and he said 'Chris, I don't know what you are doing full time but you know how to cook. …

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