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Northern Ireland chef Max cooks up storm under watchful eye of MasterChef winner

By Lisa Smyth

A young chef who took part in a unique training experience in Scotland has said he plans to use the skills he acquired to help him open his own fine dining restaurant in Northern Ireland.

Max Buller travelled to Scotland last week and spent two days working in the kitchen at Radisson Blu Edinburgh working with some of the best chefs in the country. Working alongside the team at the hotel, and under the tutelage of Gary Maclean - the winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2016, Max prepared and cooked a five-course taster menu for a Scottish charity.

The 18-year-old from Loughbrickland, Co Down, who works in the Coach Brasserie in Banbridge, said the two-day experience will help him bring exciting new dishes to Northern Ireland.

He said: "It was an incredible experience as I got to work with really fresh ingredients and learned how to prepare them from scratch, such as the crabs which were still alive when they arrived, and the pheasant that still had their heads on.

"I want to work in kitchens in South Africa and Australia so I can learn more about the dishes there," he added. I hope to open my own restaurant one day and I want to bring something new to Northern Ireland."

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