Masterchef duo star at Meadowhall

Winning chef Chorn Boonchert Sangpurad presents his dish to John Torode (left) and Greg Wallace
Winning chef Chorn Boonchert Sangpurad presents his dish to John Torode (left) and Greg Wallace

MASTERCHEF came to Meadowhall as TV presenters John Torode and Gregg Wallace launched the centre’s newly- refurbished Oasis Dining Quarter.

Trainee chefs from the centre’s diverse range of restaurants were challenged to create a new dish in line with their culinary theme.

Contenders included Las Iguanas’ Ali Arab who cooked up Peruvian aji de gallina with a French twist; Frankie & Benny’s Akram Miladi with Manhattan chicken and a roasted Italian toss; La Tasca’s Gabor Rajtik with a selection of tapas; Adam Johnson of TGI Friday with a Cajun spiced burger and crunchy tortillas; Harvester’s Chris Pemberton with a version of Surf & Turf; Wagamama’s Ellis Andrew with a Euro-Asian tofu and tomato salad; and Handmade Burger Co’s Luke Rhodes with a trio of stuffed and seasoned burgers in sourdough buns.

The celebrity judges based their decision on taste, creativity, presentation and relevance to the competitor’s brand.

The eventual winner was Chorn Boonchert Sangpurad of ChaoBaby who impressed with his lamb shank in Thai spices, served in a half pumpkin. Choon, who has been with the restaurant only three months, said: “It’s an honour that John and Gregg decided my dish was the best. I wanted it to reflect the food festivals we have in Thailand to show people what we do.”

Torode said: “I’ve been really impressed by the level of cooking we’ve seen today. Chorn’s dish stood out though because we really couldn’t fault it. The presentation was great, it was perfectly cooked and some real thought had gone into its creation.”

The winning dish will now feature as a special on the menu at ChaoBaby.

Lesley Draper