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Horsham chef in semi-final of Masterchef: The Professionals

A young head chef from the Camellia restaurant at South Lodge Hotel is through to the semi-final of Masterchef: The Professionals.

Steven Edwards, 26, is set to face off against chefs from around the country. After impressing judges on the programme and is the second chef from South Lodge Hotel to appear on television after Michelin-starred Matt Gillan was on The Great British Menu earlier in the year.

Steven, the former Young Sussex Chef of the Year told The District Post: “I’m used to working under pressure, but doing it in front of millions of people is tough. Going out early doesn’t look good and it’s a risk to your career. I don’t think I have shown what I can really do yet, you only have an hour, and so you’re constantly thinking to yourself, is what I’m doing going to be good enough?”

Steven was urged to apply to be on the programme after his colleagues suggested he apply for it. He said: “Executive chef, Lewis Hamblet put me forward , doing something like this has really opened my eyes to TV work. When Lewis said I should apply I was a bit apprehensive but he had the belief in me and kept nagging me.

“I think I have the potential to do well. In a different environment it’s very difficult and I think there’s also a little bit of luck involved with what you’re challenged with, it’s about how you adapt yourself.”

The semi-finals begin in the first week of December. Steven added: “In the first round I think I did well with the sardines with cucumber and shallots. I was also pleased withe fillet of beef with the bacon quinoa with spring onions and roasted shallots, all the judges liked that.”

Steven is planning to work some of the dishes he prepared on Masterchef into the menu at Camellia. He said: “I’ve definitely learned new skills. It’s changed the way I think about things and helped me develop my own style of food and my confidence.

Semi-final week and begins with the final eight chefs preparing one incredible showstopper dish,to impress discerning judge and veteran diner Gregg Wallace. They have two hours to serve up a plate that will blow Gregg away – they’re fighting for their MasterChef lives, as at the end Gregg decides which two chefs must go home, leaving just six to battle on for the title.

The three remaining shows in Semi-final week see these six contestants competing in pairs, battling it out head-to-head for a place in the finals.

Semi-finals weeks begins on Monday, December 2, on BBC Two.

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