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Master of your kitchen: three recipes from the latest 'MasterChef' book

Take your culinary skills on a journey and impress your friends with these great dishes from ‘Masterchef’ winners and finalists

Published 05/03/2011 | 05:00

Monkfish with butternut squash fondant and sauce vierge
Monkfish with butternut squash fondant and sauce vierge

Today, we feature three recipes from the latest 'MasterChef' book, which includes culinary delights from Dhruv, Alex and Tim, two of whom made last year's finals.

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Gregg Wallace, co-host of the show, acknowledges that last year's finalists took the standard to heights he never dreamed of. "Incredible guys, all three of them," he said. "Celebrity this year was a close-run thing. For me, Lisa was one of the best winners we've had, but, I have to say, it was a tight call."

Actress Lisa Faulkner, who won the celebrity title, was responsible for the monkfish dish we feature today, and Dhruv's gazpacho shots do taste as good as they look.

Gregg concedes, "Whatever the show, whoever the winner, one thing is obvious -- that the contestants get better and better with each lesson and each experience.

"As you well know, I don't always agree with my fellow judges. The one thing that unites us in our judging is a standout dish. They may be here for their technical brilliance or the beauty of their simplicity; what I can guarantee is that they taste heavenly."

John Torode, co-presenter, admits he sometimes sits in the 'MasterChef' studio, glances over at Gregg and a huge grin forms on his face. "How am I so lucky to be doing this amazing thing: taking passionate amateurs and helping them to get better?"

John says that 'MasterChef' will always be a tough competition because it is about learning a new skill.

"Not only is it about a journey of food and cookery, but one of real self-discovery. It's about people who have grown up, chosen a life and then decided it's time to change and do something that they truly want to do," he says.

"Maybe just by cooking a few dishes, it could happen for you. Go on: change your life!"

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