Chef Alec cooks up a storm on MasterChef: The Professionals

Masterchef participant Alec Maxfield.
Masterchef participant Alec Maxfield.

A SUCCESSFUL chef who is used to coping with the heat of some very important kitchens said that being on TV’s MasterChef is ‘one of the hardest things’ he has ever done.

Alec Maxfield’s career started with humble beginnings as an apprentice at the Redbrick House restaurant in Mansfield Woodhouse after he had finished studying at Ashfield School.

He moved away from the area to learn his trade at other restaurants - including Michelin starred establishments and five star hotels - and has just been seen on the BBC in MasterChef: The Professionals.

Alec (30), who is originally from Annesley, beat off competition from thousands of chefs to make it onto the show and went out at the semi-final stage.

“It is one of the hardest things I have ever done,” he said.

“The time goes like clicking your fingers and the pressure is amazing. Sometimes you have 15 cameras all focused on you whilst you are cooking and being interviewed.

“It was awe-inspiring really but a great, great experience and I loved every minute of it.”

Alec’s work has taken him all over the country, including Lincoln, where he worked at the new Hilton hotel.

He was one of four head chefs at the 2012 Olympics, where he was in charge of a team of around 150 chefs who were cooked for many VIPS.

“It was probably the biggest job I will ever have in my life,” he said.

After the Olympics, Alec returned to the Mansfield area and is now freelancing and looking to open his own restaurant.

He added: “I always said I wanted my own restaurant by the age of 35, so the quicker I can do that, the better!”