One year on from winning long running reality TV show Big Brother, Luke Anderson is looking forward to his next big role in Chester.
The 32-year-old of Mynydd Isa, who was born Laura but underwent gender reassignment, won £50,000 after being crowned the 2012 winner.
The classically trained chef, who previously worked at the Beaufort Park Hotel in New Brighton, near Mold, spent the past year enjoying holidays and spending time with family and friends.
This month, however, will see the former Hawarden High School pupil take on a new position as sushi chef at new Chester restaurant Yo Sushi, which opens this month in Bridge Street.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Luke, who now lives in the city.
“It will be completely different to anything I’ve done before.”
Luke is currently training for his new position as a ‘sushi ninja’ in Manchester, and he is confident the new venture will be a success in Chester, which he says ‘has never really had a decent sushi restaurant before’.
“I’m really enjoying the training,” he added.
“It’s all about cutting up raw fish from scratch, so I’m learning lots of new skills.
“I’ve been a chef since the 90s and used to work 70 hour weeks. I was attracted to working for Yo Sushi as they’re very staff focused so there’s lots of room to grow with the company, but hopefully with a better work life balance.”
As well as preparing for his new sushi ninja role, Luke has been making a number of appearances on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side .
“I’ve been on about three times this season,” he said.
“It’s just a bit of fun, I like meeting new people. I don’t make any money out of it or anything.”
Luke also made good on a promise he made to fellow Big Brother housemate Adam Kelly, who he promised £5,000 to if he won.