Monday 22 January 2018

Minchin, Osmond and Conran reach Celebrity Masterchef final

Alexis Conran is among those in the Celebrity Masterchef final (BBC)
Alexis Conran is among those in the Celebrity Masterchef final (BBC)

Louise Minchin, Jimmy Osmond and Alexis Conran have made it into the Celebrity Masterchef final.

Sid Owen was eliminated from the BBC cookery programme at the end of Thursday night's show after failing to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, as well as four restaurant critics.

The former EastEnders actor presented guest judges Grace Dent, Toby Young, Richard Vines and Joe Warwick with gazpacho soup with crab on toast followed by a dish of halibut, two cauliflower purees and vegetables.

Owen's starter was not well-received, with Dent commenting "there's no place in civilised society for cold soup".

The actor's second plate of food also failed to impress the critics, with Young commenting: "We don't need two cauliflower purees."

Torode said that the fish dish "needed seasoning" and Wallace agreed, adding that "there wasn't any cooking" involved.

Following his exit from the competition, Owen said he was "proud" to make it so far.

He said: "I've got to take my hat off to the other three, they're really good cooks."

The final of Celebrity Masterchef will see Minchin, Osmond and Conran take part in the Chef's Table challenge, hosted by Michelin star chef Atul Kochhar at Benares restaurant.

They will have to impress some of the UK's top chefs with their food, including Cyrus Todiwala, Alyn Williams and Ed Baines.

The final task will be to cook a three-course meal for Torode and Wallace in order for them to choose the champion.

:: The Celebrity Masterchef final airs on BBC One on Friday at 8.30pm.

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