Chor Fai serves up a culinary treat at Gordon Ramsay Restaurant

Chor Fai Shek from Cookstown High School pictured outside Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London where he enjoyed work experience.
Chor Fai Shek from Cookstown High School pictured outside Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London where he enjoyed work experience.

A COOKSTOWN High School pupil has been serving up a feast at the Michelin starred restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London under the watchful eye of renowned Northern Irish chef patron Clare Smyth.

Chor Fai Shek spent three weeks at Gordon Ramsay’s first ever restaurant which opened in 1998, and he said the work experience in June was ‘tough’ as he was in such a high pressurised environment. The Cookstown teenager said he was nervous not knowing what to expect, but added that the staff guided him through every step as he prepared the food for the discerning customers.

“This work experience was tough at times but I loved every second as I got to fully experience how to work in such a high-pressured situation and to achieve perfection in every plate,” he said.

In 1993 Gordon Ramsay became chef of Aubergine in London, which within three years, was awarded two Michelin stars. And in 1998, at the age of 31, he set up his first namesake restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the culinary world – three Michelin stars. Today, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is London’s longest-running restaurant to hold the award, and Ramsay is one of four chefs in the UK to maintain the three stars.

Pupil Chor Fai said it was an invaluable experience which has given him a platform to follow his goal of becoming a top chef.

Full story in this week’s Mid-Ulster Mail.