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Aidan Brooks

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I'm a 22-yr-old chef from Hackney in London's East End, recently returned to London after more than two years training in Spain with some of the country’s leading chefs. I graduated from Westminster Kingsway College with a Professional Chef Diploma in summer 2007. While a student I started my food blog Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef and for a while contributed to Word of Mouth, food blog of The Guardian. Following work experience in various London restaurants, I successfully applied for a stage at Comerç 24 in Barcelona, owned by former El Bulli Senior Sous Chef Carles Abellan. Shortly afterwards we were thrilled to be rewarded with a Michelin star and later I was promoted to chef de partie of the cuarto frio section. After over a year Comerç 24, I took a short break to experience several of Spain's finest restaurants as a customer. In spring 2009 I took a two-month stage at Martín Berasategui's Michelin starred Lasarte. I then moved to the mountains of València to join the team of Spain's "Chef of the Year 2009" Paco Morales at Hotel Ferrero, where I was subsequently contracted as Pastry Chef. I recently returned to the East End of London where I've taken up the post of chef de partie, working for Nuno Mendes at his exciting new venture Viajante. I'm passionately pursuing my life-long ambition to become a top-class chef one day and ultimately a world-famous restaurateur.

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