Achievement: Soux Chef and Young Chef Of The Year Runner Up
Year of leaving school: 2013
My name is Darren Eastwood, I was at Canon Lee from 2008-2013.
I finished school to become a chef. I’m now a sous chef (second in command) at a 2 rosette restaurant. (It’s the Lamb and Lion in York). I make 27k a year, which I think is a lot for someone so young and is certainly a lot for the industry that I work in. I know a lot of young aspiring chefs do worry about working in the industry because it is famous for under paying staff for their hard work, but I’m a firm believer and a prime example that that glass ceiling does not exist.
I’ve cooked for a few celebrity chefs – Heston Blumenthal, Tommy Banks, Andrew Pern and Adam Jackson to name a few. All of which have Michelin stars to their name. I even came runner up in the Yorkshire young chef of the year competition in 2017.
Thank you so much to @marcrowland73 for such an engaging and thought provoking CPD session on supporting students during lockdown and their eventual return to the classroom. Much appreciated by all colleagues @ValeYorkAcademy.
It is really good to see that some students manage to keep up with the cooking skills. Please send pictures in of your delicious food. House points will be awarded for every entry! pic.twitter.com/1pzm…
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