Though Andrew’s first forays into cheffing were entirely self-taught, he showed flair from a young age, reaching the semi-finals of BBC Young Chef of the Year at the age of 17.
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To hone his skills, Andrew went to work for Michelin starred Michael Caines at the Abode in Chester. But after learning the rules of classical French cooking, he’s now re-inventing his own rules with his unusual combinations of flavours.
After relocating to Wales, Andrew received various accolades at several different posts including 2 AA Rosettes, the High life Dining Award 2012, Hotel of the Year 2013 and Best Hotel Restaurant in Wales 2015.
After 18 months at the helm of ‘The River Room’ restaurant in the Conway Valley, he took up his current post as Executive Chef at the Grade II listed Sosban in Llanelli on the West Wales coast, which he’s aiming to make “the best restaurant in Wales”.
This is Andrew’s first time in the competition. He’s hoping to beat his rivals with his re-imaginings of old family healing recipes.