His focus now is on the path forward. In October, he will take part in the “Chef of the Year” competition as Håkon Solbakk’s assistant. His role then will be to clean the kitchen and get it ready for the next round and help with the little extra so Solbakk can get as much rest as possible between rounds and have full focus on his dishes. When one of the five finalists in the “Chef of the Year” competition called Leon to ask if he wanted to be his assistant, it was almost enough to make his head spin.
“I was insanely happy. It was completely surreal,” says Leon.
Leon loves cooking competitions and has watched all the “Chef of the Year” videos accessible on YouTube.
“Culinary arts and cooking competitions really motivate me. I have participated in apprentice competitions and found it very rewarding,” says Leon with a smile.
He has finished second in two competitions during the Corona pandemic but has not yet come as far as he would like. Everything he learns will help him towards achieving his craft certificate. When that box is ticked off, his next goal is to work towards being selected for the junior national team.