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MasterChef on BBC One: Who is Jonny Lake? Where does former Fat Duck chef work now?

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Jonny Lake is the latest chef to judge the remaining MasterChef contestants – but who is he?

Where is he from? And why did he leave the world-famous The Fat Duck?

Here’s everything you need to know!

Jonny Lake (Credit: The Staff Canteen / YouTube)
Jonny Lake appears on MasterChef this week (Credit: The Staff Canteen / YouTube)

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Who is Jonny Lake?

Jonny Lake is a Canadian chef, probably most famous for working at The Fat Duck.

First of all, he started cooking by volunteering at a meals-on-wheels charity in Montreal, Quebec.

Once he finished university, Jonny spent over a year learning his trade at the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hotellerie du Quebec.

Unsurprisingly, he did well at culinary school and was granted a bursary which allowed him to travel to Italy.

Once there, Jonny worked at the one Michelin-starred A-Spurcacciun-a.

He later worked at the two Michelin-starred restaurant owned by Gultiero Marchesi in Erbusco.

In 2005, Jonny joined The Fat Duck, initially as chef de partie.

The Fat Duck Group subsequently made him Executive Head Chef.

Finally, Jonny left after 12 years to pursue personal projects.

What restaurant does Jonny Lake work at now?

In 2019, Jonny opened his own restaurant, wine bar and cellar with former Fat Duck master sommelier Isa Bal.

Trivet is based in the Snowsfields Yard development at London Bridge.

Trivet is described as “an informal, high-quality restaurant in the heart of Bermondsey”.

Jonny and Isa “aim to deliver an exceptional culinary experience”.

The use “the finest ingredients and wines, locally sourced where possible”.

Jonny Lake is a Canadian chef [1] who was formerly the Executive Head Chef at The Fat Duck
Jonny Lake is a Canadian chef who was formerly the Executive Head Chef at The Fat Duck (Credit: The Staff Canteen / YouTube)
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The Fat Duck – where is it? Does it have any Michelin stars?

The Fat Duck is Heston Blumenthal’s three Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, Berkshire,

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of The Fat Duck.

As a result, the restaurant promises to celebrate the “epic milestone with an Anthology menu of Fat Duck classics”.

The fine dining restaurant is housed in a 16th-century building, and is known for its inventive cuisine.

The restaurant gained its first Michelin star in 1999, its second in 2002 and its third in 2004.

Its 14-course tasting menu features dishes such as nitro-scrambled egg and bacon ice cream.

The restaurant has a laboratory where Heston Blumenthal and his team develop new dishes.

The Fat Duck – what’s on the menu and how much does it cost?

Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck is often named in the top 10 restaurants in the world

The dishes served at the three Michelin-starred restaurant include snail porridge, sweet curried monkey bread and cherry meat fruit.

His famous ‘sound of the sea’ dish features mixed sashimi, sea vegetables and ‘sand’.

Reservations cost between £250-£325 per person, and there’s usually a waiting list for bookings.

Jonny Lake and Isa Bal
Trivet chef Jonny Lake and sommelier Isa Bal (Credit: The Upcoming / YouTube)

Where is Jonny Lake from?

Jonny Lake was born in Ontario.

He studied physics and biology at university in Montreal before embarking on a career as a chef.

MasterChef on BBC1: Monday March 29 2021

There are now 10 cooks left in the competition.

Five of them must cook a dish tonight that they would include in the menu of their own restaurant.

Guest judge Anna Haugh is on hand to assess their efforts, resulting in two eliminations.

The remaining MasterChef hopefuls then face their most terrifying challenge yet…

Three of them must prepare a meal for the staff of Michelin-starred restaurant the Fat Duck.

Former executive chef Jonny Lake oversees the budding chefs.

MasterChef airs on Monday March 29 2021 at 9pm on BBC One, and continues on Thursday April 01 2021 and Good Friday at 9pm.

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