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Ockenden Manor’s Senior Sous-Chef is cooking up a storm on MasterChef: The Professionals

Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa’s Senior Sous-Chef Freddie Innes is cooking up a storm on this year’s season of MasterChef: The Professionals. The 25-year old Chef flew through the first round and won the judges over with his signature pan-fried sea bass with parsnip puree, fondant potato and a red wine jus.

Born and raised in Sussex, Freddie developed a love for cooking from his grandparents, who he spent a lot of time cooking with as a child. From baking with his Grandmother to joining his Grandfather, a gamekeeper, on local pheasant shoots in the Sussex countryside, Freddie grew up surrounded by people with a passion for food.

Following a year at Catering College, Freddie decided to dive into the world of fine dining by joining the award-winning restaurant at Ockenden Manor in Sussex as a Commis Chef. Under Head Chef Stephen Crane, Freddie learnt the ropes and quickly progressed to Junior Sous Chef, thriving under the pressure of a busy kitchen. Freddie comments;
“At Ockenden Manor, no two days are the same – that’s why I enjoy it so much. You meet different guests, create new dishes and meet local suppliers, all while always working as a team.”

After widening his skills at Thackerays in Tunbridge Wells and The Salutation Hotel in Kent, under Head Chef Shane Hughes, Freddie returned to Ockenden Manor to hone his skills as Senior Sous-Chef, where he serves some of the finest locally sourced food in Sussex to hotel guests and locals alike.

Last year, while on holiday in Spain, Freddie was encouraged to apply for MasterChef: The Professionals by his girlfriend and her mother. In Spring 2019, he was selected as one of the 48 contestants from thousands of applicants.

Describing his cooking style as a blend of modern French and classic British cuisine, Freddie’s cool and calm demeanour carried him through the Skills Test and his signature fish dish wowed the judges, sending him straight through to the Quarter Finals.

Along with the full support of his home county, Head Chef at Ockenden Manor Stephen Crane is proud to champion the talents of this rising star;

“We’re very proud of Freddie, the most natural step for me is to encourage the next generation of chefs. I enjoy building positive relationships and inspiring youth to realise their dreams and fulfil their potential.”

Viewers can tune in to Knockout Week of MasterChef: The Professionals starting on Tuesday 3rd December to see Freddie battle it out for a place in the Semi Finals. Regardless of the outcome, Freddie has proved he is one to watch on the culinary scene.

MasterChef: The Professionals, Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8pm, BBC Two.

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