Jonathan's dream

Jonathan with some of the kitchen staff

Name: Jonathan

Age: 21

Date dream fulfilled: 12/01/2015

Summary: Having successfully been treated for a rare tumour, Jonathan sadly relapsed and went on to have further surgery which resulted in him living with facial palsy.

Being a keen chef, it was Jonathan's dream to have a masterclass cooking day.

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Jonathan from Gwent was diagnosed with mouth cancer following routine surgery.  A biopsy of the tumour was sent for specialist opinion to the Czech Republic as it is a rare tumour which confirmed a carcinoma of salivary gland origin.

This was successfully treated. However, Jonathan relapsed and went on to have further revision surgery which has resulted in nerve sacrifice and facial palsy.

Jonathan is a keen chef and wrote on his application form “I am a young chef of 21 and it has been my dream to cook with a celebrity chef. I hope my dream can become reality for me as this is all I think about.  A masterclass cooking day or something.”

With the help of Raymond Blanc and his wonderful team at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire we arranged for Jonathan and his girlfriend Beth to spend two nights at the hotel in the Lemongrass Room. Jonathan spent a day working in the kitchens alongside Head Chef Gary Jones and his team. From 10am to 1pm he was in the main kitchen helping to prepare lunch and then from 1pm to 4pm he worked in the pastry kitchen, Jonathan was keen to learn more about desserts and pastries. 

Beth and Jonathan enjoyed a 7 course taster menu on their second night. The hotel also gave him two signed books as a surprise gift,  waiting for them on the table when they came down to dinner.

Jonathan said “It was the best experience of my life. Not only did I get to stay in a beautiful hotel and eat wonderful food, I also got to see what it is like to work in a world class kitchen."

This experience has given me the desire to follow his dreams.

Dreams Come True would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Le Manoir for all their help and support.  It wouldn’t have been possible without their kindness and generosity.