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Chef Angela hits heights at The Peak; And old mate Marco is a big fan.

APART from appearing on and reaching the final stages of Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars television show North Wales chef Angela Dwyer has at least two other things in common with the great culinary maestro.

She has an equal passion for high quality cuisine and she is roughly the same age as him which led to her appearing alongside him in a magazine article when they were in their 20s.

"It was an article in Arena magazine titled Three Fresh Chefs and written by Russell Cronin. It was about three young chefs all aged 25. Marco was one and I was another," said Angela, who still has a treasured copy of the article.

Time has moved on. Anglea is now aged 50 but her skills in the kitchen are as fresh and vibrant as ever, as Marco discovered when she and Julia Roberts, front of house manager at The Peak restaurant, Llanberis, were the only Welsh contestants to make it into the final rounds of Channel 4's Kitchen Wars, in which the acclaimed chef searches for what he judges to be the best eateries in Britain.

"We showed Marco the magazine piece and he remembered me from that time," said Angela.

"Coming from a family of eight, I used to help my mum prepare the meals. It was just the natural thing to do for me and growing up I always envisoned I would be a chef. I never really thought of any other career option."

She has worked in top restaurants in London, including 192 and the famous Groucho Club, meeting her fair share of celebrities along the way.

It was something of a meteoric rise for the girl who started out cooking in her mum's kitchen. From there she went on to do three years training in Westminster catering College and graduated with a chef's diploma.

Her first chef's job was working at Joe Allens in the theatre area near Drury Lane, as an egg chef. Then she went to Maxims de Paris,where she helped set up Soho Brasserie. In 1984 she began at 192 in Notting Hill.

By the age of 24 she was working as Head Chef for Anthony Mackintosh, director of 192 and The Groucho club London. It was not long after that she appeared with Marco in the magazine.

Angela has always been passionate about high food standards and using an inspiring approach to develop menus, kitchen and staff to give diners an all-round dining experience.

She says despite the pressures top chefs can face she determines to remain calm: "My key strength is my ability to deal with situations as they happen, while maintaining a professional attitude and an approachable temperament."

She has employed well known faces over the years including Tessa Kiros who has written several cookery books and Barney Desmazery who writes for BBC Good Food magazine.

She and Julia decided to enter Kitchen Wars to mark Angela reaching her 50th birthday: "We've been overwhelmed by the wonderful response and to make it through to the final rounds is fantastic."

The pair were doubly delighted on listening to the radio one morning to hear Marco interviewed on the Graham Norton show. He described their smoked haddock saffron chowder as 'delicious, delicious, delicious'. ? peakrestaurant.co.uk

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Date:Jul 10, 2012
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