East Yorkshire chef Adrian Orford to appear on BBC show Masterchef: The Professionals

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 May 2017

An East Yorkshire chef is set to appear on popular BBC show Master Chef: The Professionals.

Adrian Orford, who works at the New Inn pub in Leven, was selected for the competition, which will film in October and air next year.

The 36-year-old overcame a gruelling process to qualify for the TV round and says he is nervous about the prospect of appearing on the well-known programme.

Adrian only became a chef after a serious cruciate ligament injury ended his hopes of a career in the Armed Forces. Now he is enjoying day-to-day life as a chef at the New Inn, which celebrates its 200th birthday this year.

"I went back to college and they said you can do either a hair and beauty course or catering, so that's how I ended up where I am," Adrian said.

"Auditioning for the show was really hard. It's because you're up against a timescale in which you have to prepare your courses in the kitchen, and all the while they're asking you questions. It's to try and break your concentration really and see how you can cope with all the judges watching you.

"It was tough and emotional but I'm really excited to have got through."

Adrian's fish dishes have earned rave reviews for the New Inn, where he has worked for the past year.

"I like doing traditional dishes but with a twist, so I do a steak and ale pie but rather than using a shortcrust pastry I use a cheddar pastry," he said.

"Being here you can do food that's affordable and appealing so that what's on your plate isn't pretentious but good value for money and that's what I like about the New Inn."

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