Daniel bows out of Masterchef

Chirnside's Daniel Robertson on Masterchef
Chirnside's Daniel Robertson on Masterchef

A young chef from Chirnside made his final appearance on the culinary competition show, Masterchef: The Professionals on the BBC last week.

Daniel Robertson donned his whites for the cameras in the programme which aired on Thursday.

Daniel was appearing again after his interpretation of a classic recipe in an earlier round interested the judges enough to bring him back.

Speaking to the camera before going into the kitchen, Daniel said: “I’ve worked hard to get here, and the judges haven’t seen the best of me yet.”

With his fellow quarter-finalists, Daniel was given the ingredients to create any dish of their liking, in a challenge called “the invention test”.

As he started preparing his meal, though, the confidence wilted somewhat. When judge Michel Roux Jr asked him if he was confident, the reply was: “So-so. I’m going to be cooking salmon, so it’s something that I know I can cook, and I’ll try and give you the best plate of food that I can.”

After the allotted time, an hour, was over, Daniel dished up pan-fried salmon, with ginger and onion pearl barley, roasted beetroot, concasse tomatoes and aubergine caviar.

The judges, Michel Roux Jr and Monca Galletti, were hard on all the chefs, and with only two going through from this leg of the programme, Daniel’s salmon wasn’t enough.

“It’s very well seasoned throughout, said Galletti, “but I’m unsure what the concasse brings.”

The 23-year-old was stoical after the competition, saying: “I just wasn’t good enough. At the quarter-final stage, I think my inexperience showed again.”