Meet the mentors… Tony Singh
Name: Tony Singh
Hometown: Leith, but he now lives in Edinburgh
You know him from… Being a heavyweight on the Scottish foodie scene – running restaurants, cookery classes and pop-ups. He’s also been making our mouths water on Great British Menu and A Cook Abroad.
In Tony’s own words…
The North is great because… It’s full of amazing local produce, magical people and beautiful landscapes.
The food and drink industry is in safe hands because… The things we’ve always had in the North and Scotland – great producers and natural resources – are now getting noticed on a world stage.
I’m part of the Where Next Project because… I want to help cultivate the next generation of food producers, growers and chefs.
My lightbulb moment was… Going to college and being mentored by great lecturers. Their passion and lust to pass on their talent got me where I am today.
I’m looking for… Passion, enthusiasm and an open mind in people who apply to the Where Next Project. Everything else can be taught, but love for what you do is what gets you out of bed in a morning.
My one piece of advice is… Try everything, even if it’s not to your liking. You’ve got to be willing to learn.
The one thing I wish people knew about being a chef is… That it’s not like what you see on TV. It’s long, hard hours in a sweaty box, without windows, with 12 sweaty other people. You need to be resilient to survive.
You might not know… I used to work on the railways – as a chef on the Flying Scotsman, that is!