MasterChef final gets juices flowing

Giovanna, Steve and Saliha seek Greg and John's vote

After six weeks juggling joues, flirting with flavours, meddling with meats and preening with puds, three aspiring amateur cooks will finally fight it out for the MasterChef trophy.

Last night, viewers watched as the contestants serve up Michelin-starred delicacies to Michelin-starred chefs and while all excelled in their endeavours, when they returned to the MasterChef kitchen to produce their own unique take on a culinary classic, it was Alison O’Reilly who unfortunately fell at the last hurdle.

John Torode and Greg Wallace grimaced, as usual, about the difficulty of their decision, which according to some fans of the programme was not the right one.

However, having produced a veritable feast of dishes over the weeks in a myriad of circumstances - including feeding gamekeepers on a South African reserve, to the cast of Holby City - Steve Kielty, Giovanna Ryan and Saliha  Mahmood-Ahmed now have only one meal to serve.

Each contestant brings their own strengths to the competition. Giovanna, although a strong all rounder who has performed consistently well is particularly good at desserts which certainly plays to Greg’s well advertised love of a pud. However, Saliha’s dexterity with spices, now she has mastered the art of presentation, means the enthusiastic doctor is putting herself back in with a real chance of success.

Giovanna is as likeable as she is confident, drawing on her Italian heritage to create some masterful, mouth-watering creations and has definitely consistently enjoyed Torode’s admiration from day one.

However, it is Steve, sound engineer, DJ and Drum and Bass artist, who has surprised both himself and the judges. The 39-year old from Woolwich definitely has a creative flair which is serving him well in this competition. Experimenting with fluid gels and balsamic pearls at home, there are no lengths that the cheeky South Londoner will not go to in providing a unique feast.

As Torode and Wallace rightly insist, the level of cooking is remarkable once again.  Since the show is recorded, one person will be sitting at home tonight watching MasterChef, ready for the onslaught of the media and maybe like many past winners a career in cooking. Of course, too much heat, too much salt or an inappropriate flavour combination could scupper anyone’s chances in the final, so there is all to play for, however my money is on Steve and his new restaurant called The Drum & Plaice! 


MasterChef Final airs at 8.30 pm BBC One May 12


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