Chef Kirk qualifies for international final
PUBLISHED: 11:13 26 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:47 26 February 2015
An Exmouth chef, who now plies his trade in Singapore, is to take on the world's best in a prestigious competition.
Kirk Westaway, 29, has qualified for the international grand final of the San Pellegrino Young Chef competition, which will be held in Milan, in June.
Kirk, who has worked at JAAN in Singapore since 2011, earned the right to cook in the final, having won the South East Asian heat of the competition earlier this month, cooking his signature dish, Forest Pigeon, against nine other chefs from across the region.
Kirk said: “It was very tough, with only two hours to complete my dish that would normal take 12 hours, against some fantastic chefs from around South East Asia.
“I feel overwhelmed to win. It was a complete shock and surprise.”
Having attended Withycombe Raleigh Primary School and Exmouth Community College, Kirk completed a catering course at Exeter College before going on to learn from chefs around the world, cooking in France, Australia, London, and Brazil, before arriving in Singapore.
He says he is ‘extremely excited’ about the prospect of cooking in the final.
When asked how he rates his chances, he said: “My chances are equal to the other 19 contestants, but looking at their backgrounds, these are serious chefs and the judges in my eyes are some of the leading chefs of the modern world.
“To be able to brush shoulders with these masterminds is a prize in itself.”