Ryan Stafford

Tante Marie graduate Ryan Stafford

Head Chef & Masterchef Finalist

Ryan’s achievements since graduating are quite spectacular, including reaching the finals of the BBC’s Professional MasterChef in 2009 – Just 2 years after graduating from Tante Marie! He took a job at Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Café before moving on to work at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen where he was training chefs from under-privileged backgrounds. Ryan was then invited to help develop menus for the new chain of restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, where his head chef put him forwards as a candidate to represent the UK at the Gastronomy by the Seine competition in Paris in July 2008. Ryan made it through to the final in Paris where he was up against representatives from 8 other countries. He won.

Ryan is now Head Chef for the acclaimed events caterer, Alison Price

Ryan says, “Tante Marie gave me the stage that I’m able to perform on today at such a high level. From 0-10 it always scores 11 with me.”