Most people who enter Masterchef do so because they want to show off their cooking skills and hopefully turn their dreams of working within the food industry into reality. However last year's runner-up, Luke Owen, filled in his application for the show as a bit of a drunken dare!
Who would have thought that the robotics engineer from Chorlton would have made it all the way to the final, via Barcelona where he cooked for the great Ferran Adrià and Christian Escribà before losing out to eventual winner Ping Coombes.
Here's Luke's Story;
What do you hope to do with your career now that you have completed the Masterchef 2014 process?
Well I definitely don’t want to open a restaurant, far to risky and unsociable! I’ve set up my own private dining business (www.lukeowencooks.com) and I'm really enjoying it. I really like the guest interaction and the complete artistic control!
What was your favourite challenge on the show?
Cooking with Tom Kerridge for the Chefs table was amazing, Tom and his team were brilliant and getting to cook for the best chefs in the UK is something only a handful of people ever get to do.
What is the biggest thing that you learnt about yourself over the process?
I’m a much bigger risk taker than I ever realised, I honestly believed I was a rational and sensible person.
If you could only cook one of the recipes that you cooked over the Masterchef process again, what would it be & why?
Probably the black pudding and chorizo scotch eggs. Mainly because everybody always asks/tells me to cook that for them.
You can invite one person (living or dead) to your last meal – Who would it be and why? …and what’s on the menu?I would invite Marcus Wareing. I'm not sure about the starter and main, but I’d really like to show him that I can cook profiteroles. I messed them up big time when I made them for him on the show!
I'd like to thank Luke for answering 5 Questions and wish him every success in the future with his private dining business. So if you're feeling adventurous, why not give Luke a call and get him to prepare the menu and wow your guests at your next dinner party.
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