Alex ready to cook up a storm on Masterchef

Alex ready to cook up a storm on Masterchef

Alex Hay  Photo credit - Diana Johnson

Only a couple of months after being appointed Head Chef at one of Scotland’s top country house hotels, 27-year-old Alexandria (Alex) Hay is to be seen competing in BBC TV’s Bafta-winning Masterchef: The Professionals.

Alex , who is in charge of the kitchen at Raemoir House at Banchory on Royal Deeside, will first appear on the BBC2 show on Monday 25 November at 8.30 pm. She is one of only five chefs from Scotland to have been selected from thousands of applicants to take part in the new series.

She recently took over as Executive Head Chef at Raemoir from Scotland’s 2013 Chef of the Year David Littlewood. Raemoir, which holds two AA Rosettes for its food, was voted Scotland’s Country House of the Year in 2011 and 2012, the first time that double had ever been achieved. The hotel also picked up the regional title for 2013.

Owners Neil and Julie Rae persuaded Alex, who studied catering at Angus College in Arbroath, to join them from their Milton restaurant at Banchory as sous-chef shortly after they bought the historic 20-bedroom hotel in 2010.

Alex, from Fettercairn, said she filled in the application form more in hope than expectation. “Realistically I didn’t expect to get accepted because of the huge number of chefs who apply but I got through after a ‘phone interview and filmed audition,” she said.

Before being selected she had to provide her own sample menu and the current menu in place at Michelin Guide-recommended Raemoir so organisers could scrutinise her style and standards of food at the hotel.

Judges of Masterchef: The Professionals are Michel Roux Junior, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace. The programmes are filmed in a warehouse in Wandsworth, London and recorded so for the time being Alex’ lips are sealed about the outcome.

“The first biggest challenge was believing I was good enough to perform at that level,” she added. “It was also difficult not knowing what was expected of me until I got into the studio and then having to work under intense pressure to a very tight timetable.

“I had to think and plan on my feet, relying on what I had learned. It was also hard travelling down to London for the filming while making sure that standards in Raemoir’s kitchen and restaurant remained in line with guests’ high expectations.”


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