Young Chef of the Year: Sheffield’S Ian Musgrave serves up a winner

Putting on The Ritz: Ian Musgrave shows off his culinary skills.
Putting on The Ritz: Ian Musgrave shows off his culinary skills.

A SHEFFIELD-grown chef who now cooks for celebrities in one of the country’s most luxurious hotels has scooped a major culinary prize.

Ian Musgrave, aged 25, learned his skills at The Sheffield College and went on to work at prestigious hotel The Ritz in London.

He will soon spend a day working with top chef Heston Blumenthal at his renowned pub in Bray, as well as completing courses in the Cayman Islands and Italy, after winning Young Chef of The Year from the Academy of Culinary Arts.

Former High Storrs pupil Ian said: “I couldn’t believe that I had won, it’s very exciting.

“The chefs at The Ritz said I should enter the competition and I was really pleased about it, but I didn’t think I’d win.”

Ian had to cook with mystery ingredients for the starter, made lamb for his main and his own take on Eton Mess for a dessert.

Ian started working in luxury hotels in Ireland and Greece after been helped into the industry by his college tutor Nick Burke.

He still visits Sheffield regularly to see family in Ringinglow.

Ian said: “We have people like Shirley Bassey and Rowan Atkinson here. Sting and Trudie Styler came in the other month for their anniversary. I don’t get to meet them unfortunately, I’m in the kitchen cooking!

“In the future I’d like to have my own kitchen, or my own team of chefs working under me, in a hotel of the same quality as The Ritz.”

Ian’s mum Lorraine added: “We are so proud of him.”