A GOMERSAL-based apprentice chef met one of his heroes when he bumped into Gordon Ramsey at his London restaurant.

Ben Popplewell visited Mr Ramsey 'sThe Maze Grill in Mayfair with his father and just as they were about to leave, in walked the celebrity chef himself.

For the past year, Ben has been working at the 'Barca Pizzaria' in the Redbrick Mill at Batley Carr and will shortly finish his apprenticeship.

Mr Ramsey shook Ben's hand and said "Welcome to the business" when he was told about his apprenticeship.

Ben said: "I'm an avid fan.

"When I was still at school I recorded a 'Cook with Gordon Ramsey' TV programme so I could get his recipe for a Chicken Korma and prepare it myself.

"He was in a rush but still agreed to photos and was really pleasant and encouraging.

"It was a moment I don't think I am going to forget in a hurry."