CHEF Sven-Hanson Britt, who narrowly missed out on the top spot on MasterChef: The Professionals, has spoken of his experience.
The 26-year-old from Bishop’s Waltham made it through to the finals of the BBC2 show on Tuesday.
The classically-trained chef, who used to work as a plate washer at Banks Bar Bistro in Bishop’s Waltham, was beaten to the title by 27-year-old rival chef Jamie Scott.
Sven said he had no regrets about appearing on the show.
He said: ‘Getting to the final was a fantastic feeling.
‘The experiences that I’ve had along the way will stay with me for a long time.
‘Each challenge was nerve-racking but taught me something new about myself and gave me belief.’
On the final show, Sven went head-to-head with two other chefs and his main dish of cod impressed the judges.
Throughout the series, finalists had to complete tasks such as preparing a Michelin-standard dish for 25 acclaimed chefs, inspectors and restaurateurs and cooking for chef Andoni Luis Aduriz at his world-famous restaurant Mugaritz.
The show, which is in its seventh series, hunts for a young chef who wants to make it in the culinary world.
Sven said: ‘I have spent hours and hours of hard work to try and be good at something I love.
‘It was hard work juggling it with working very long hours, and having a real life, but I enjoyed the experience, and learnt so much about myself.
‘I would definitely do it all again and I would do everything exactly the same.
‘Towards the end I wanted to show exactly the type of person that I was and the food that I like to cook and create - I hope that came across.’
Sven said he was now looking to the future.
‘I’m currently looking for my next adventure,’ he said.