Chef, TV Presenter and the King of Sunday Sessions

Born and raised in Edmonton, 6ft6 Turkish Cypriot Hasan Semay was the most recent judge on BBC Three's Young MasterChef. 

He graduated from Jamie Olivers 15 programme in 2011. After a series of jobs that didn't light his fire, and hours spent watching cooking shows, his mum convinced him to apply and from then on cooking became his first love. He went on to spend the next 10 years cooking in high end kitchens all over London until Covid hit and he found himself without a job but with a passion to carry on cooking. This is when his YouTube channel Sunday Sessions was born. It’s all about the food (And some lovely camera work) as he takes beautiful ingredients and cooks them up in his downtrodden back garden come rain or shine and all served with a side of Has’ signature charisma.

In recent years, he has contributed regularly to the Guardian Feast magazine, hosted supper clubs at Jamie Olivers as well as other venues around the UK and was featured in the special 20th Anniversary issue of Observer Food Monthly, as one of the ‘next big things’ to watch. 

In 2022 Pavilion published his debut cookbook, HOME, and he is currently writing book no. 2, set to publish in Summer 2025. He continues to regularly grace our screens live cooking on BBC One's Saturday Kitchen  and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch as well as having been seen on The Big Breakfast and BBC, E4 & ITV2 cooking shows such Celeb Cooking School, and Bad Chefs. He is also a brand favourite when it comes to social media campaigns and has worked with the likes of Gorillas, Asda, Captain Morgan and many more. 

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