HE WOWED the judges with his culinary creations but Gosport’s Luke Bryan’s dream of winning MasterChef: The Professionals ended last night.
He lost out on a place in the final, despite impressing throughout his time on the programme.
But the 23-year-old has no regrets about his time on the hit BBC2 show and hopes to use it as a springboard to push his career.
‘I was beaten by a very, very good chef,’ said Luke.
‘It was basically because of my age that they said I was not ready yet, but I still did myself proud.’
Luke was the youngest of the competitors and the lowest-ranked chef.
As part of the show, the competitors are asked to complete tasks by star chef Michel Roux Jr and Monica Galetti along with Gregg Wallace.
Last night Luke was seen cooking in the kitchen of Michelin-starred restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham.
He said: ‘The episode in the restaurant was really tough.
‘It was in a top restaurant and it was very pressured — you had chefs shouting at you to go quicker. It was demanding.’
Although he said it was not the toughest part of the show.
‘The worst thing was the skills test,’ he said.
‘I was asked by Monica and Gregg to make coconut biscuits. I had no recipe.
‘It’s testing your knowledge as a chef. That was tough.’.
Luke studied at Fareham College, and said he was inspired to pursue his dream of working in a top restaurant after winning Young Chef of the Year in the Wessex Salon Culinaire Competition in 2010.
He is living in London and for the past three years has been working at The Victoria, which is owned by top chef Paul Merrett.
Luke fitted in filming for the show around his full-time job, meaning long and stressful days, but he says it was all worthwhile.
‘I did the programme to show my family what I have been doing for the last few years,’ he added.
‘They know I have been cooking at a top restaurant, now they have seen it they are proud that I am trying to do something different.’