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Hightown tenant is star of C4’s ‘Kitchen Impossible’ series

Hightown Housing Association tenant Jack, aged 24, was one of eight people with learning difficulties who appeared in the popular TV series which showed them undergoing an intensive four-week introduction to life in the catering business.

Right from the off he was one of the stars of the show when he declared to Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr that his “signature dish” was a supermarket’s microwave curry. But he developed his confidence as the series developed, and by the last episode was seen working behind a bar and mixing up cocktails.

Jack, who lives in Hightown’s Seymour Court supporting housing scheme in Tring, is happy to keep his part-time kitchen porter job in the Valiant Trooper pub in Aldbury despite showing he had the talent for more responsibility in the catering trade. “The chance to work ‘front of house’ was really great, but it’s not what I’m used to and I prefer the washing the pots,” he said.

However he added: “The show was a fantastic opportunity and I made lots of friends. I enjoyed the two days we spent in France, and it was also lovely to meet Michel Roux Jr in real life.”

Sharon Oliver, Seymour Court Scheme Manager, said: “We all watched the show and really enjoyed it – everyone was talking about it. We support all our tenants to live as independently as possible here, and it was wonderful to see one of our residents grow in confidence as the series went on.”