A young chef who worked under Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal has made it to the global final of a sandwich making competition.
Last week it was leeks, this week 19-year-old Ricky Matonti is turning his chef's hands to sandwiches by going head-to-head against seven fellow student chefs from all over the world in the Délifrance Sandwich World Cup.
Ricky, from Ruislip, has cooked with three-Michelin starred chefs, Heston Blumenthal and the award-winning Fat Duck team and at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin starred restaurant, Maze. He said he has been inspired by his cooking heroes to create his own sandwich recipe.
The student at the University of West London said: “My experience with top celebrity chefs really inspired me to create a luxurious recipe worthy of a Michelin-starred restaurant but in a convenient grab and go sandwich.
“I wanted to use ethnic ingredients to complement the tasty French dish as I believe this is a great way to represent the multicultural side of the UK,” he said.
Ricky will head to Paris for the semi-final with his Duck Cassoulet recipe - a classic French dish in sandwich form.
The semi-final is held at the Ecole de Boulangerie et de Pâtisserie on February 4 and the overall sandwich master will be revealed at the Sandwich and Snack Show the next day.
“I’ve entered several competitions before but to be shortlisted in an international final is amazing,” Ricky said. “The previous competitions have provided me with the experience and confidence to go far in the Délifrance challenge and I really hope I bring the world title back to the UK.”