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Former New College Stamford student and MasterChef semi-finalist, Aaron Ashmore, will take over Puccinis Italian

MasterChef 2012 semi-finalist, Aaron Ashmore, will be taking over an Puccinis Italian restaurant.

Aaron attended New College Stamford where he completed a level 2 with BTEC catering course.

He said: "It gave the very building blocks you need for where I am now.

Former New College Stamford student, Aaron Ashmore
Former New College Stamford student, Aaron Ashmore

"Stamford College definitely gives you a foundation to build on."

"Opening a restaurant was my goal and dream."

A few months into his level 3 NVQ, Aaron secured a job with the world-renowned chef, Gordon Ramsey.

MasterChef semi-finalist Aaron Ashmore
MasterChef semi-finalist Aaron Ashmore

Whilst getting a book signed at a BBC Good Food Show, Aaron put his CV into the front page of Ramsey's book.

He was then offered a trial shift before securing a full-time job working for him.

Since then, Aaron - who previously lived in Market Deeping - has spent 'a rollercoaster of ten years' in London working with some of the countries top chefs in Michelin star restaurants.

Aaron Ashmore plating up
Aaron Ashmore plating up

Puccinis, located in Conningsby, will cook fresh food with a modern Italian influence.

Aaron, 28, said: "It will be simple, honest and tasty food.

"I want to bring freshness and flavour but it still be affordable."

Aaron Ashmore plating up
Aaron Ashmore plating up

He added: "I want it to be peoples first choice as they know the quality of the food."

Aaron will run the restaurant as it currently is for a week - commencing November 18 - before changing its menu on November 26.

He said: "Obviously I'm very excited but it's very nerve-racking.

"I'm feeling the pressure to make sure it's right"

Aaron's mother, Diane Johnson, said: "I feel just like any mother would.

"He's come such a long way, I'm extremely proud."

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