Masterchef runner-up Jonny Stevenson and
MASTERCHEF runner-up Jonny Stevenson has
taken up a job with a Bangor restaurant.
The Lisburn father of two decided that not
only did he wish to follow a career with food, but he wanted to
open his own restaurant, either in his home town of Lisburn or
in Belfast city centre.
But Jonny realised that, whilst he had
certainly learnt a lot during the process and had significantly
polished his culinary skills, working in a busy professional
kitchen and running his own restaurant would be a totally
different matter - he needed to get some hands on experience,
preferably in a thriving restaurant which served the same style
of cuisine that he liked to both cook and eat and had a similar
philosophy towards food. After looking around the local
restaurant scene, Jonny approached Stephen Jeffers the chef
owner of Jeffers by the Marina, an upbeat modern eatery in
Bangor, who readily agreed to let him join the Jeffers team.
Jonny explained: "The Masterchef experience
was absolutely brilliant and it totally reinforced my dream to
open my own restaurant, but that was just the beginning.
"The competition was exhilarating and at
times gruelling, but the real work starts now. Working at
Jeffers has been fantastic so far. I am learning so much from
Stephen which is great because ultimately I would like to
emulate his style of cooking."
Proprieter Stephen Jeffers commented: "I was
thrilled when Jonny approached me for experience.
"From the short time Jonny has been working
with us I can see why he did so well. He has a natural flair for
ingredients and flavours and an inherent understanding of food.
"He is also incredibly enthusiastic and
obviously passionate about what he is doing and he shares my
philosophy that a chef should always use seasonal, local
produce. I'm confident that one of these days he will actually
be in competition with me."
Stephen and Jonny have already planned a
special Gourmet Evening at the restaurant this summer which will
showcase some of the dishes Jonny prepared throughout his