TOP chefs from around the country have fried, baked and blended their way to the MasterChef: The Professionals final.
And now Aaron Middleton, Dan Lee and Liam Rogers will cook up a storm in the MasterChef kitchen for the last time.
The chefs have three hours to cook a starter, main and dessert that embodies everything they are as a chef.
And now the final three have looked back at their time on the show.
Dan, 29, from Birmingham worries he’ll never live down serving raw chicken in the dish he dedicated to his Auntie.
The chef said: "My most challenging moment in the competition has been the dish I dedicated to my Auntie, where I served undercooked chicken.
"I do not like to think about it, but it was a very important moment for me.
“It was so difficult to pick myself back up from that. I’ll never forget walking out so deflated and telling myself over again – I’m better than that and I can do better.”
He added: “The most intimidating moments are when you’re in the middle of a challenge, you look up and see Marcus or Monica glaring down as you work, watching your every move – that’s real pressure!
“As a chef in the UK, you look up to Marcus and Monica for what they have achieved in the industry, and although Gregg is not a chef he has been a judge on MasterChef: The Professionals for 14 series. He knows his food!”
Aaron, 27, from Buckinghamshire, agrees it was host Gregg Wallace that stressed him out most.
He said: “The judge I could never anticipate has been Gregg. With Marcus and Monica you know if you’ve messed something up – and they know it too.
“But I never really knew what Gregg’s going to say.
“There were a few moments where I cried during filming – including once during the ‘dish for someone special’ challenge and during the feedback from Ollie Dabbous at the Chef’s Table – he’s my former boss.
“The toughest time has been the Skills Test. I was so nervous I could barely see. It took me two goes to get my apron on properly.”
And Liam, 24, from Nottingham reckons the final will be an “explosion of emotion”.
He said: “It’s just so intense! I was so focused and needed to get things done, so every time the judges came over they would make a joke because my answers were so short.
“To be fair, it was like getting blood from a stone for them!"
Liam also remembers happy times on set.
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He added: “In the waiting room, there was a horn in there for some reason – like a battle horn that you would squeeze the end of and it would make a massive loud noise. So, I used to do that every time I came out of a challenge into that room.
“I actually asked them if I could take the horn home with me.”
Watch the MasterChef final on Thursday, 16 December at 9pm on BBC One.
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