Channel 4 has brought a brilliant new cooking competition to our screens.

Beat the Chef sees confident amateurs go up against professional chefs to see whose cooking comes out on top. And all for a chance to win an insane £10,000 prize!

So who are some of the pro chefs taking part?

Here is everything you need to know about Mark Sargeant, the toughest chef to beat on the show…

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Who is Mark Sargeant?

Mark Sargeant is a 45-year-old chef, writer and restauranteur from Kent.

He pursued his love of food from an early age, getting his start in the kitchens of the Larkfield Priory Hotel in 1988.

Mark is currently married to Nancy Norton, who he famously had an affair with while he was married to a woman called Amy back in 2009. The couple have been together since and have been married for four years and have children together.

Mark’s culinary bio

Mark worked in a variety of restaurants across the country, slowly working his way up and making a name for himself. These restaurants included hot spots in the UK’s capital such as Le Souffle and Chez Nico.

But you could say Mark culinary career really kicked off when he met Gordon Ramsay at Aubergine in 1997.

They both decided to depart from Aubergine and follow Gordon’s solo endeavour, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Mark worked as Sous Chef there from 1998 to 2001.

When they opened Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s in 2001, Mark became head chef there. He served as head chef for the following seven years and finally stopped working with Gordon Ramsay in 2009 to pursue his own endeavours which include Folkestone restaurants The Smokehouse and Rocksalt.

Awards and accolades

Mark was voted Young Chef of the Year in 1996, which set him off to a promising start.

For the next few years working in different restaurants, Mark took them to Michelin-star level… Restaurant Gordon Ramsay was awarded three Michelin stars in 2001 and Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s earned its first Michelin star in 2002.

In that same year Mark then won Chef of the Year, talk about impressive!

Mark the TV star

Before his appearance on Beat the Chef, Mark was no stranger to the world of television.

Working so closely with Gordon Ramsay meant Mark had made many appearances on hit shows such as The F Word, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen.

But after he and Gordon parted ways, Mark had a television career of his own. He appeared numerous times on Saturday Kitchen and went on to co-host his own cooking show, Saturday Cookbook, on ITV back in 2012.

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Eve spends her days writing about everything culture-related. From celebrity news to music, film and television, Eve covers all bases. When she’s not writing you can find her making music or mastering the art of homemade pasta.

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