The wait is over for TV star An­nalie

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

Lead­ing chef Michel Roux Jr with

AN­NALIE HU­BER­MAN-HERTZ had al­ways wanted a ca­reer in the restau­rant industry but feared her Down’s Syn­drome might hold her back.

So when the chance came to be men­tored by lead­ing chef Michel Roux Jr she could not be­lieve her luck.

The 23-year-old is one of eight peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity to take part in a new Chan­nel 4 se­ries, which sees Mr Roux Jr men­tor young hope­fuls who want to be restau­ra­teurs.

Ms Hu­ber­man-Hertz said: “At first I was so ner­vous about be­ing on TV, but grad­u­ally I got used to it and felt more com­fort­able.

“I have al­ways wanted to work with peo­ple, I love them, and this was my chance, so I had to take it.”

con­tes­tants, in­clud­ing An­nalie Hu­ber­man-Hertz (

The four-part se­ries, Kitchen Im­pos­si­ble, sees the par­tic­i­pants train to a stan­dard where they can find em­ploy­ment.

In the first episode, broad­cast last night, view­ers watched Ms Hu­ber­manHertz take cen­tre stage as she tried to prove her­self in the kitchen and on the restau­rant floor.

A keen Is­raeli dancer, she said she was a nat­u­ral-born per­former who had what it takes to be a great waitress.

She said: “I love be­ing with the cus­tom­er­sand­frontof hou­seis­some­thing I al­ways wanted to do. I love to chat with the cus­tomers and check they are okay be­cause I’m a great host.”

Ms Hu­ber­man-Hertz, from Finch­ley, north Lon­don, has never had a paid job, but im­pressed Mr Roux Jr. He spot­ted her “front-of-house po­ten­tial” in the first episode, de­spite the fact that she al­most dropped £60 worth of steak on cus­tomers.

She said: “I was so ner­vous… the plates we had to carry were huge. When I nearly dropped them, I was like ‘Oh no!’ — but I got bet­ter at it.

“At the end you get to see who gets a job. I can’t say what hap­pens, but the ex­pe­ri­ence helped me in my ca­reer and I’ve made loads of new friends.”

Ms Hu­ber­man-Hertz, whose great­grand­fa­ther was former Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz, fea­tures in the show along­side her best friend, Sarah, who also has Down’s Syn­drome.

Their moth­ers met at a Nor­wood baby group and the girls have been friends ever since. Kitchen Im­pos­si­ble is on Chan­nel 4 on Thurs­days at 9pm

Kitchen Im­pos­si­ble

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