Man, son of Gurkha, gets best young chef award

A catering student from the mountains of Nepal has scaled new heights by proving he is the best young chef in North East England.

Darlington College NVQ level three catering and hospitality student Man Thapa scooped first prize in an inter-college competition involving trainees from all over the north east.

The 20-year-old, who is originally from Bokhara, in Nepal, moved to Darlington three-and-a-half years ago, when his father retired from the Gurkhas.

Man captured the judges’ attention with his chicken chasseur, which he had just 90 minutes to prepare.

He said his dream was to one day become head chef in a top London hotel.