Here at the Butchershop we are beaming with pride for our senior sous chef, Paul O’Malley, who has only and went and reached the semi final stages of The Craft Guild of Chefs’ National Chef of the Year 2012 competition.
Paul – also known as ‘the butcher’ – is one of 40 chefs fighting it out at London’s Westminster Kingsway College this month and is flying the flag for Glasgow as the only steakhouse chef in the running – which is a badge of honour in itself!
As exciting as it is, the pressure really is on. If he is successful in this round of the competition he will be one of eight chefs to go into this year’s high-pressure final at The Restaurant Show at Earls Court on October 9.
Having been inspired by Russian cuisine throughout his 15 year career, Paul intends to cook Russian-inspired dishes for the four judges. With past winners such as Gordon Ramsay and Simon Hulstone, our Paul could be the next name in a list of acclaimed and celebrated chefs. To support Paul we’ll be serving the Russian dishes he plans to prepare in the competition to help him on his way to the semi finals.
Best of luck Paul! Help us support him by trying his Russian dishes which are now available on special. These include sea bass Zalivnaya in jelly, black tea smoked loin of Borders Lamb with traditional Russian Golubtsy baranini and a dessert of gooseberries and sour cream.
You can read what Paul has to say about reaching the final stages of in the competition in his interview with STV here: