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Dimi Biography – Dimi Wiki
Dimi (born Dmytro ‘Dimi’ Penziev) is a twenty-nine-year-old Sous Chef from London, UK. He is a contestant in the 2023 series of MasterChef: The Professionals.
The London-based sous chef trained at Chef’s Academy, a culinary school in Kyiv. After training, Dimi went on to work in Kyiv, firstly at the Seafood Restaurant Odesa, he then worked under recognised Ukrainian chef, Yuriy Priemskiy at a Vietnamese-style restaurant, Spicy no Spice.
He spent a year working in Kyiv and then two years in France. In France, he worked at Chateau Le Sallay. He then moved to the UK in 2021 and now works at the modern Indian restaurant Kricket, London which uses British ingredients.
In his BBC interview, he was asked, “How did you get into cooking and what do you love about it?”
He said, “I was inspired from the moment I started watching Ukrainian MasterChef when cooking at home. I’m always amazed by the growth of the chefs during the show and how they strive for perfection. I also love the white chef’s jacket and how it reflects the character of the kitchen as a workplace as well as the discipline that it requires.”
How would you describe your style of cooking and any influences on it?
“My style is modern cuisine inspired by traditional Ukrainian flavours, along with spices and French techniques. I love bringing flavours of from where I grew up and combining them with everything I’ve learnt since working in London.”
He was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is 29 years old as of 2023.
Chef Dimi is married. He is a resident of South East London with his wife Lisa.
Dimi MasterChef: The Professionals
On her BBC bio, he was asked, “Why did you want to take part in MasterChef: The Professionals?”
Dimi answered, “This year I feel that I’ve accumulated experience and skills to compete with the best in the series. My ambition is to win but I also want to improve my skills and grow as a person and as a chef.”
“I’m eager to show the world that Ukraine has interesting cuisine and culture. I want to share our traditions and culinary heritage with the rest of the world.” He added.
The professional chef is of Ukrainian nationality. He was born in Kyiv, Ukraine.