MASTERCHEF finalist Eamonn Hunt stepped out of the kitchen and let the team at Market Rasen Racecourse’s new Italian restaurant MaMa J’s do the cooking on Sunday.
Before settling down to a taste of Italy, Eamonn, who will be instantly recognisable to fans of the BBCs Masterchef television show, officially opened Market Rasen’s newest eatery.
Eamonn, who lives in Lincoln, wished the MaMa J’s team the best of luck and said he hoped the next restaurant he will be opening in the area will be his own.
He said: “There’s opening a restaurant and opening your restaurant. Being invited along to these type of events is all still a bit weird, but I wish everyone at MaMa J’s a lot of success.
“My mum and dad used to have racehorses and so I used to come here and my brother is racehorsing commentator John Hunt. So when I got a call to come down to cut the ribbon to open MaMa J’s and enjoy an afternoon’s racing I jumped at it.
“Down the line I will be opening my own restaurant, but first I’m going to be doing a lot of cooking in top restaurants around the country, I hope.
“I live in Lincoln though so I’m looking for top restaurant work in the area if anyone wants to take a chance on me.”
MaMa J’s serves traditional Italian food, but the menu is designed to be shared with your family and friends in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, all of the food being served on wooden trays and placed along the centre of the table for everyone to help themselves to.
Eamonn praised the food but couldn’t give the Rasen Mail any tips for Sunday’s races.
He added: “I phoned my brother but he is a bit lax at getting back to me – and his tips always fall at the first fence anyway.”