THEY may be behind the scenes but a chef is the main ingredient of any restaurant.

With their culinary knowhow, chefs are the creative heart of the menu, often inspired by what's local and seasonal.

While they literally slave over a hot stove, it's the front of house staff that get to enjoy compliments about their food.

So with that in mind, we are giving chefs from venues across Wrexham and Flintshire, the opportunity to step out of the kitchen.

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In our new Meet the Chef feature, the Leader is looking to discover more about the people cooking up a storm in the region.

We want to hear about your journey in the industry, some food revelations and what the future holds.

Chefs can let us know all about them using our online Q&A here, or email for more details.

If you know of a chef that should have a moment in the spotlight, do let us know also.