While filming a young Welsh chef at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in New York for S4C’s documentary series, Wynebau Newydd (New Faces), the production crew found themselves in the middle of a tension-packed drama. They were filming in the heat of the kitchen when Michelin inspectors arrived unexpectedly at the restaurant.
The Gordon Ramsay at the London restaurant in New York succeeded in winning two Michelin stars that night, thanks to the efforts of Head Chef, Josh Emett, and his talented team, including the young Anglesey chef, Aled Glyn Williams.
A few months earlier, Aled, then aged 24, was the winner of the Gordon Ramsay Scholarship, beating 200 other young chefs in a fiercely fought competition. His prize was the opportunity to gain experience by working at the restaurant in New York, and also to receive training at an Australian vineyard.
“I want to be the best,” he says. “I want to learn from other chefs. The day I stop learning in the kitchen is the day I would have to leave.”
After his visits to New York and Australia, Aled also spent a month at the restaurant of another celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal – the Fat Duck at Bray. He’s now returning to Wales to work as Head Chef at the five star restaurant, Plas Bodegroes, near Pwllheli on the Llŷn peninsula.
“I want to open the eyes of the Welsh people,” says Aled. “I want them to come to Aled Williams’ restaurant and have food they’ve never had before.”
© 2012 S4C
O Gymru / Made in Wales