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Working for Jamie Oliver is a dream for many chefs but for Isaac Heffernan, a former Lowestoft College student, it’s a reality.

The 27-year-old from Lowestoft is carving out a career for himself in one of the celebrity chef’s latest ventures; Jamie’s Italian in Cambridge.

Around Christmas Isaac saw the restaurant was opening and was looking to recruit staff. He sent off his CV and heard nothing so forgot about his application until he received a call in February inviting him along for an interview. Two days later he made the move to Cambridge and began working in the kitchens of the 220 seat restaurant.

Since then his feet have hardly touched the ground thanks to the long hours and the fast pace. But, in the three months he has been working there, Isaac has already moved up in the ranks: “When I first started I was working on the preparation side of things, but now I have moved to the service line so have more of a role in cooking the dishes. It’s very fast paced and each section has their own touch screen monitor so you can keep a track of the orders and know whether you’re falling behind.”

On the menu are rustic Italian styled dishes including freshly made pasta, anti pasti, salads and a grill section known as ‘under a brick’ which uses bricks heated to high temperatures to cook the meat. Isaac continued: “The menu is typical of Jamie’s style and what you see him cooking on the TV. Jamie has visited the restaurant every month so far and Gennaro Contaldo also regularly visits to help with the training. Although it’s been busy things are going well and I’m really enjoying it.”

Catering lecturer Chris Baker said: “It’s always great news when a student finds work but it is really special when we see our students go on to work for some of the top names in the industry. People like Isaac inspire our other students and show them what they could achieve if they have the talent and work hard.”

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