Former student reaches Masterchef Semi-Final
Fairfield High School (FHS) is delighted to share news of a former student with which many people have become familiar over recent weeks – Jamaar Semper reached the semi-finals of this year’s Masterchef on BBC1.
Jamaar was happy to share memories of his past experiences both at school and work, his Masterchef journey and future ambitions.
Back in 2009 when Jamaar’s Fairfield days begun, he recalls these school days with much fondness. Asked about his inspirations, Jamaar named a former Maths teacher who not only helped him pass his GCSE, but always had his door open and looked out for him. He also mentioned his Head of Year who spotted Jamaar’s talent and (thankfully) suggested a career as a chef!
After learning the ropes from his Mum, who was also a chef, it was at the tender age of 14 that Jamaar set his sights firmly on his future career, never dreaming for one moment that he would end up on national TV sharing his talent with the nation.
After leaving Fairfield, Jamaar attended catering college before securing a job at a hotel and spa where his Michelin star vision and dishes have earnt him much praise, not to mention promotions! Jamaar enjoys the freedom he is given with input into new dishes, often coming up mouth-watering creations.
It was his colleagues who gave Jamaar the idea of applying for Masterchef – it was no mean feat, however, with numerous interviews and designing of menus. Jamaar describes the moment he found out he had been successful. “It was crazy, I was excited for about five minutes before it dawned on me I actually had to do it! I never thought it was going to happen. The hardest thing was keeping it all a secret until it was aired, I was dying to tell everyone I saw!”
As reality kicked in, Jamaar put in hundreds of hours reading cookery books, thinking of new ideas and preparing every which way for the skills tests. He explains: “Everything has to be on point, there are so many chefs cooking great food and you have to go out there to stand out from the rest.”
Jamaar made some great friends on Masterchef, commenting: “We all speak a lot, they’re quality guys and girls who have amazing talents.” Whilst sadly missing out on a place in the final, Jamaar and his family are incredibly proud of his achievements especially being the youngest member of the competition.
Jamaar wishes to give a special mention to his Mum, his biggest fan and inspiration who “Is the proudest Mum in the world and without her I wouldn’t be where I am.”
And as for the future? Jamaar recognises the great exposure that having appeared in Masterchef has given him; his sights are now set upon pop up events to further demonstrate his culinary skills. The world, as they say, is his oyster…