A young chef has been cooking up a storm to impress some of the world’s top chefs and critics on BBC Two’s MasterChef.
Aaron Ashmore has managed to hold his nerve and put together a number of gourmet dishes to make it through to the semi-final stage of MasterChef: The Professionals.
Aaron, who works as a chef at Angela Hartnett’s restaurant Murano in London, has travelled back home to watch the show at his family home in Thackers Way, Market Deeping.
The 21-year-old has featured on three shows this week, showcasing his range of culinary skills for double Michelin starred chef Michel Roux Jr, dining expert Gregg Wallace, and chef Monica Galetti, as well as some of the industry’s top critics. So far, he’s impressed with his lobster ravioli but failed to pull it together with his ballotine.
Aaron described his experience on the show so far as “surreal” and “nerve-wracking”.
He said: “It’s really weird seeing myself on TV but I’m absolutely loving it.
“Cooking for Michel Roux is completely different to cooking at the restaurant. There’s just a different type of pressure and you really don’t want to make a fool of yourself when you know it’s going to be shown on TV.
“To be able to cook for Michel is just unreal because he’s an inspiration to my inspirations like Gordon Ramsey and Heston Blumenthal. It’s a real confidence boost to have my food praised and I can’t believe I’m in the semi-finals.”
Aaron began cooking at the age of 14. He gained his qualifications at New College Stamford and learnt his trade at The George Hotel, before moving to London to take a job at Gordon Ramsey’s York and Albany restaurant. Aaron has now got his sights set on the big prize, being crowned MasterChef winner.
He added: “Everyone wants to win but I think I’ve got the right attitude to keep improving and go further.
“I’ve had lots of texts, with people giving me their support, which is all much appreciated.”
Aaron is next featuring on the show on December 3, when he will be up against the seven other semi-final contestants.