Michael Wignall, Michael Wignall at The Latymer

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Michael Wignall discusses his role as Head Chef at The Latymer and his own inspirations with regards to pursuing a career as a Chef.

Name: Michael Wignall

Michael Wignall

Place of work: The Latymer

Role: Head Chef

Follow Michael on Twitter: @MichaelWignall_

Bio: Michael Wignall is the 2 Michelin starred Chef at Michael Wignall at The Latymer and has been for 6 years. He has always sought to create a restaurant that is centred on behalf of his beliefs, passions and values about food. He believes a Chefs language is his food and Wignall’s food highlights the use of colours, flavours, textures and the harmony of ingredients to express himself and create dishes that are entirely unique to him.

Chef Skills

Michael Wignall takes us through his personal experiences whilst being in the Culinary Industry. These key skills that young Chefs and industry professionals learn as part of their basic training.

How long have you been in this role? 

6 years.

What experience and how many years in your opinion would someone need to progress to the top level of the industry?

Gain as much experience as possible and don't try and rush to the top. The most important thing is to find your own style and not copy somebody else's. Believe in what you do and look for inspiration from all around. Past food experiences are sometimes the best. There is no timeline on this, it can take years. It took me 5 years to get two star at The Latymer.

What are your ultimate top five tips for someone looking to start a career in the industry?

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1. You have to really want it. At times, you have to sacrifice your friends,  family and life for the job!

 2. Respect your fellow colleagues (both above and below you - everyone  brings something to the table, regardless of their strengths or  weaknesses!)

 3. Don't be afraid to experiment.

 4. Create your own style and believe in what you do.

 5. Know the basics and keep on learning. Never be afraid to ask.

Who are the key Chefs and restaurants that someone should be speaking to and trying to gain experience with?

Dine at different places and if you like the style of cooking etc then ask for a stage and show that you want it. Any Chef that has been in the business a long time will be someone for you to gain knowledge from. The more knowledge and experience you gain the better.

What are you looking out for on a CV or in an interview if someone was applying to work with you?

Passion, hardworking, dedicated, a natural flair, individuality, there is also a great necessity for the person to be able to fit in with the rest of the team.

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Michael Wignall, Michael Wignall at The Latymer