Episode 23 Celebrity MasterChef


Episode 23

Culinary competition. The semi-finals continue, as the remaining celebrities try to impress John Torode and Gregg Wallace with one exceptional dish for a place in the final five.


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16 celebrities have been battling it out

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to win the coveted MasterChef crown.

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To be a part of the final six is great.

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These celebrities have reached the top of their profession.

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But can they cut it in the kitchen?

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I think we're all upping our game. Everybody wants to go that extra mile to stay in.

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It's knockout time. I just want to make sure I go through.

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Cooking doesn't get tougher than this!

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DRAMATIC MUSIC

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These celebrities have been taking on the challenge

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to become the next MasterChef Champion.

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But at the end of today, one of these six will be going home.

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I've been on this journey so long,

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to get to the final and win it would be amazing.

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On a rugby pitch, you go into battle, but you've got people around you.

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When you go into that kitchen, it's a different kind of pressure.

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The further this goes on, the more pressure there is!

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Is my head going to burst?

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To stay in the competition,

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the celebrities have been asked to create one exceptional dish,

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inspired by someone close to them.

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Today, it's real pressure.

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They have to perform. They've got nowhere to hide.

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Today is about whether they have the heart and soul

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and the feel of one beautiful dish inside them.

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They either show us passion on a plate today or they're gone.

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While the celebrities prepare for today's challenge,

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John and Gregg have decided to each cook a dish

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inspired by their own food heroes.

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Let's cook.

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-What are you cooking, Mr Wallace?

-I am making a strawberry pavlova.

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I'm going to make it not too sweet so you can have some, as well.

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What's your inspiration? Why strawberry pavlova?

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When I was young, me, my mum, dad and little brother lived downstairs

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and our grandparents lived upstairs, which was a really happy childhood,

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and I'm so old, this is a time from before supermarkets,

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and every Saturday, I would go down Rye Lane, Peckham, with my grandparents,

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and the first of the strawberries was always a big event.

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My grandmother would make a strawberry tea

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and me and my granddad would prep the strawberries

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and pretend she didn't know we were eating half of them.

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So strawberries remind me of my favourite person in the world, my granddad,

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and, of course, I've made a living out of selling them since then!

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You're a brave man, serving a pavlova to an Australian.

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You met my Aunty Mary, and she made a pretty good one.

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I hope you're making something I like.

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I am cooking pigeon, chips and mayonnaise.

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-Who inspired this dish?

-When I first got to this country,

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I met an incredible lady, Rose Gray, who owned the River Cafe,

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and I used to eat there all the time.

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They would cook the simplest food with the most incredible ingredients.

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They would take three or four things and put them on a plate

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and serve them in a room with sunshine,

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and you would just feel absolutely alive.

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So that is why this is here.

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-We've lost Rose Gray, haven't we?

-We have. This is in memory of her.

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I'd turn up at her door with vegetables. If she liked them, she'd buy them.

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She terrified me! She had a nasally voice.

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"Did you really grow those aubergines?" "I did."

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She was amazing. One of the greatest cooks this country's ever seen.

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One of the things I learnt from Rose, when you cook a pigeon like this,

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it needs little things that just make it stand out and become beautiful.

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So I have filled the inside of the cavity with lemon and chilli

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and I've cooked a load of shallots on the outside of the pan first,

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then pour in olives and rosemary over the top

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and then I'm going to put the lot in the oven and let them bake for about 15 minutes.

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This feel so strange! I feel like I should be shouting, "20 minutes left!"

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Don't do that just yet because I won't be ready.

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This mayo is now white.

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Garlic mayo is usually very rich and very green.

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That's made with veg oil and lots of garlic. It's very powerful.

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I'll add a bit of olive oil at the end to make it rich.

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You've got 15 minutes!

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-Hang on.

-We've

-got 15 minutes!

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Wow! They look great!

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Do you know, I'm really happy.

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-So you should be.

-Do you like it?

-Yes. Is that your portion?

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-Can we taste?

-Yes, let's taste.

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John, in honour of the legendary chef Rose Gray,

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has cooked roast pigeon

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with black olives, shallots and rosemary

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with potato chips and mayonnaise.

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Your pigeon was in honour of Rose Gray.

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It does look like one of her dishes. It's got that robustness and honesty.

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I thought, "If it's no good, I'll tell him it's lovely anyway",

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but it's delicious, John. It's really moist.

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It's the quality of that bird that's surprised me. That's lovely!

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Thank you. I'm humbled.

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Gregg's dish, inspired by his granddad, is pavlova,

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topped with strawberries, red currants and a raspberry coulis.

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I'm very excited about this pav.

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A celebration of strawberries because of your granddad.

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It's nice, but...

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-THEY LAUGH

-Shut up!

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What I love, I really love, is the sweet coulis with the really fresh strawberries,

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that crispy outside, marshmallow-soft on the inside,

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and I love the sharpness of those currants on top with the rich vanilla cream.

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It works very well. Very well indeed.

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-Can I have a go?

-Good job. I'll see you in about ten minutes when you've finished eating it.

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Mm!

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-It's not too sweet.

-No, it's not too sweet at all.

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-Mm!

-It's delicious.

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-John, yours was good, but this...

-Yes, I know. This is the real deal.

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I really enjoyed cooking something that means a lot to me.

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Let's hope they can do the same.

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DRAMATIC MUSIC

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If I can keep my nerve,

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and everything goes according to plan, it'll be OK.

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All I can do is cook how I love to cook

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and be really happy with what I've presented.

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I'm really raring to go today!

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Welcome back. We want to see passion today.

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One dish that evokes a memory

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of somebody special to you.

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The greatest cooks in the world are able to share their emotions through their food.

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One extraordinary dish...

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At the end of this,

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one of you is going home.

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One hour and ten minutes...

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Let's cook.

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Kirsty is a respected journalist. She's also a ferocious competitor.

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There have been moments of real greatness.

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I love the soft lentils, those sweet vegetables running all the way through. I really like it.

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She's consistent, she's vibrant, she's exciting

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and she delivers really good food day after day.

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MasterChef has taken over everything at the moment. It's like a total immersion course.

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You think, eat, breathe food. Textures, flavours...

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It's extraordinary.

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What's your dish, and what story inspired the dish?

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The dish is a linguine with a fresh tomato sauce and mussels.

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The reason I'm doing this is because of these.

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In the 1860s,

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my great grandfather

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was the first fruit grower in the Clyde Valley to put acres under glass.

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My earliest memory is going with my great uncle, in his overalls, into the tomato houses

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and the door opens and it's this wonderful humid smell.

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He got me to pick a tomato, I ate it,

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and ever since then, it's a key thing in my family.

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There's nothing like it.

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So back in the 1860s, your great grandfather put all his hopes into tomatoes

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-and you're doing the same thing?

-Exactly!

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Lovely memories, but does a bowl of pasta do it justice?

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I think it does. Anything you put the tomatoes in, it's about the tomatoes,

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-so I'm very happy to be cooking this.

-Cheers, Kirsty.

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Today, Kirsty is playing with fire.

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Pasta - difficult to get right, tomato sauce - the balance perfect

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and really good mussels - not chewy, but just beautifully soft.

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It just seems like a very homely dish

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to celebrate such a lovely memory.

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I'm beginning to fall in love with Danny's creativity.

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Danny has always cooked food which is extremely interesting.

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I like the spiciness of the cayenne pepper around the outside of the fish. Fantastic.

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I can find nothing wrong with that whatsoever.

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I would happily now eat the lot.

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If you've invented that out of your mind, that's great!

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You get so much enjoyment when something works.

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I've really upped my workload. I've been really trying.

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It's kind of taken over my whole brain, really.

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-Danny, what are you cooking for us?

-Pork tenderloins cooked in baking paper,

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and presented with some spiced red cabbage

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and a chestnut sauce.

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What do you get from wrapping the pork in paper?

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It seals all the flavours in, and the butter, and it's got a really nice juice.

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You open it out and you get this waft of the concealed juices and flavours.

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It's like a little Christmas cracker.

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-Who inspired the dish?

-The cabbage, it was inspired by...

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I remember when I was a lad, going to my Granddad's for weekends,

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and when he did a roast, he cooked really nice red cabbage. It reminds me of him.

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-And the pork?

-The pork's an old recipe from the North Somerset area,

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where I'm living at the moment, so I thought it was a link to my surroundings.

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Do you think your granddad would be impressed?

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Hopefully, somewhere, he's looking down and egging me on,

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probably taking the mickey, I should imagine, but I'd like to think that.

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-Lots at stake today, Danny?

-I've really got to get on with it.

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I'm behind.

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-Good luck, Dan.

-Quickly now... All right. Thanks, guys.

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The base of Danny's dish is his granddad's cabbage.

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He needed to find something to go with it and, of course, perfectly, pork and apples.

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It wouldn't be Danny if it wasn't a little bit different.

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I like that about Danny.

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But how does it look?

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You've had 20 minutes! 20 minutes gone.

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Aggie, TV presenter,

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I think there are times when that lady has set the benchmark for this competition.

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Caramel, toffee, stickiness, creme fraiche as a little sour note,

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-very good!

-Oh, great!

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Aggie... I love it.

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-That's a restaurant-standard dish. That is lovely.

-Thank you.

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Today, she has a chance to perform once again.

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Be consistent, Aggie, and you stay in the competition.

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I could make this sort of thing every day of the week.

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And I have been lately, believe me!

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I hope they'll enjoy it.

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If it's cooked properly, you can't fail to.

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-What are you making, Aggie?

-Jam doughnuts and custard.

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-Inspired by?

-It's about my dad. He's no longer with us.

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He was a blacksmith, so a manual worker, he never put on any fat.

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He could eat whatever he liked, and this is the sort of thing he absolutely loved.

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He'd be brushing all the sugar from his mouth.

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It would be completely and utterly up his street!

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And my mum is the best raspberry jam-maker

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and so I'm using her raspberry jam recipe.

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-If this is your mum's jam raspberry...

-Yes?

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..and you're cooking doughnuts because your dad would be fond, what sort of pressure are you under?

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I need to make sure the doughnuts have risen enough to be fluffy. I'm putting pressure on myself.

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-I don't suppose Mum's jam's ever gone wrong before?

-No! No!

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No, you're right, it could be a first.

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Jam doughnuts, custard... Is it enough to keep you in?

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-Who knows? That's for you to decide.

-Good luck, Aggie.

-Cheers.

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Aggie's dad had a sweet tooth. I understand that perfectly.

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She's got sugary doughnuts filled with raspberry jam, served with custard.

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It could be wonderful!

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It's got to be perfect or they don't work.

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They don't rise enough, they're stodgy in the middle, they're not crunchy, not enough jam,

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made from scratch, they are very dangerous.

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35 minutes left, guys!

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You are halfway.

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Phil has got better and better as the competition has developed.

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He came in, big West Country lad doing big hearty fare.

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By and by, his food has got more elegant, it's got smarter and smarter.

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That is gorgeous. This is good cooking.

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What I like about it is, you've found your place

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between that elegance

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and the rustic world that you love so much.

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There's a man who cooks from his heart.

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I know that fella wants this, it's obvious.

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My passion, my love of food and of cooking is a genuine one.

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I want to go all the way.

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It smells good. What are you making?

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I'm doing a fillet of neck lamb with a merguez sausage,

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with some roasted vegetables

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-and a cous cous.

-A bit North African! Where's the inspiration?

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It's inspired from my honeymoon with Kate, my wife.

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This is from a restaurant. It's very similar. Not the same, obviously.

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Is this to your taste or to Kate's taste?

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It's to both of our tastes. It brings back really good thoughts.

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You are a passionate man. I've never seen you emotional like this.

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-Are you all right?

-As long as we don't talk about it any more, I'm fine!

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We know that your food is generous, robust.

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How are we going to reflect that time of a restaurant in the presentation?

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With all the flavours, it's not just about the lamb,

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it's the vegetables, the sausage with the cous cous,

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and trying to combine it together so when you're eating,

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your brain clicks into "I could be in that place,

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"with the sun shining and a glass of beer."

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-Good place to start. Good luck.

-Cheers. Thank you.

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I've never seen Phil so emotional. I like the sound of his dish.

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It reminds him of his time with the person he obviously loves the most, his wife.

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I hope he can get all that emotion onto a plate.

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40 minutes you've had! Half an hour left, please!

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Nick is a quality contestant.

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He has delivered some really good-looking food.

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The risotto is lovely. It's light and fragrant, with some herbs.

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A big "mm" for the risotto.

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That thing is a knockout.

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Stunning.

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He's a grafter. He comes in this kitchen

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and grunts and sweats like a championship tennis player.

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There is a man who's putting the effort in and it's paying dividends.

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I hope this dish is going to be enough.

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It means a lot to me. It's close to my heart.

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Hopefully, John and Gregg will like it. I can only hope for the best.

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Nick, nice and organised and tidy, as usual.

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-Thanks! Sorry!

-Are you in a bit of a pickle, son?

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It's just a bit of a scramble, trying to get it all done in time.

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-What are you cooking?

-I'm going to try and do a traditional Cockney pie and mash with liquor.

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Whether it comes out, I don't know.

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-Who loved pie, mash and liquor?

-Sadly, a couple of years ago, I lost my dad.

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He was larger than life, he loved his food

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and one of his favourite dishes was pie and mash, but we never made it.

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It's a time-honoured London tradition.

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Are you brave or foolish in trying to recreate one?

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It was a dish of a lifetime, inspired by someone you love,

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so I thought I'd give a stab at it for my old man.

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Sitting at the pie and mash shop, eating pies with your dad,

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-what sort of banter happened across that table?

-Mostly football chat.

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He was a sportsman, an ex-boxer, so mostly football chat.

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I'll tell you how much I love it,

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when I first got married, I had my reception in a pie and mash shop.

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Did you? There you go!

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-You've got a tall order!

-I'll try my best!

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-Good luck, mate.

-Cheers.

-Well done, Nick.

-Thanks.

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I wanna put me thumbs under me braces and have a dance!

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HE GIGGLES

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Nick's a working-class Londoner, same as me.

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He was brought up with a love of pie and mash, eating it with his dad!

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But, John, these dishes are shrouded in myth and legend.

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It's a tall order to do one justice.

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Linda is a well-known model and actress.

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She's a mum. She cooks with love.

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She cooks with heart. She does crowd-pleasing dishes.

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I think that's a job well done. Nice-looking plate. The stuff tastes good.

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The steak - really well cooked.

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That sauce is delicious.

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Linda has the chance to take her food up one more step.

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-Linda.

-Yes?

-What are you cooking for us?

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I'm cooking a chicken Marengo.

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Why chicken Marengo?

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My dad's Italian and Marengo is in northern Italy.

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Napoleon fought a battle there with the Austrians in the 1800s.

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He sent his chef out to the local farm, and he came back with chickens, tomatoes and eggs,

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and Napoleon liked it so much, he named his horse after it.

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-Did your dad eat this dish?

-Yes.

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When I asked him if there was anything from his childhood I should cook, he said go for this one.

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Does he cook?

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He couldn't boil an egg!

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Throughout this competition,

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you've always produced food which is very tasty and crowd-pleasing.

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-Today, do you need to take it up one more step?

-Absolutely.

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It's always on these days I feel the pressure pile on.

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I'm hoping it all comes out as it does when I cook it at home!

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-If Dad was standing next to you, what would he say?

-I'd be going, "Get your hands out!"

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No, he's lovely, my old dad! He'd love this meal.

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It's important that I get this dish right

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because my dad will be very annoyed if I don't.

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You're as good as your last dish.

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If I completely mess up today, I'll probably be the one that goes.

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It's a lovely dish. It's done lots of different ways.

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It's whether she can make what is basically a stewy dish look something more than that.

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You've got 20 minutes left! Big day! 20 minutes!

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Five minutes! Finishing touches!

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Two minutes, guys. Just two minutes left.

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That's it! Stop, please! Stop.

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Over the last few weeks,

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these celebrity cooks have worked hard to impress.

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But only five of them can stay in the competition.

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TENSE MUSIC

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First up is Kirsty.

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In honour of her great granddad,

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she has made linguini with mussels and a spicy tomato sauce.

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Let's see if you've done the memories of your grandfather's tomatoes justice.

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Kirsty, I can honestly, honestly say with my hand on my heart,

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-I think your bowl of pasta is delicious.

-Good.

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I thought, "It's a bowl of pasta. Really, Kirsty?"

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But actually, it's delicious.

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It's really light, it's really thin, it's melting in the mouth.

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You have the sweetness and the depth of tomatoes.

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You've got the flavour of the sea from those mussels.

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Possibly a little heavy-handed with the pepper, but I'll forgive you.

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-Good job, Kirsty.

-Great. Good.

-All right?

-Mm.

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Love the richness of the sauce. It's not acidic in any way.

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You have spiced it really well.

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The taste of the mussels and the juice through the sauce

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with the well-made pasta, it's delicious.

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It's beautifully made. It's a really good thing.

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The question for me is,

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with the other people and the amount of work they've put in, we have got a bowl of pasta.

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Well, I hope I've done enough,

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because tomatoes are really important and it was a lifeblood of the family,

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so I hope, even though it's simple, I've done justice to it.

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-Well done, Kirsty.

-Thank you very much.

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My instinct is that they liked the dish.

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I think I got the best flavour out of the tomato I could've got.

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You never know. I'm not taking anything for granted.

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Inspired by his granddad,

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Danny has made West Country pork tenderloins

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stuffed with breadcrumbs and herbs,

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with red cabbage

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and a chestnut and roasted garlic sauce.

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Interesting cookery method. Inside that parcel, the pork will stream

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and should stay lovely and moist, all the flavours infused.

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Cooking in a bag has been done for centuries. Brilliant. Good idea.

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It's supposed to be opened like a parcel, a present.

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Ooh, look at that.

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Wow.

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I think your pork has gone too far and gone slightly dry.

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But for the rest of it, I think it's brilliant.

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It does taste like Christmas. It is like a little present.

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All the herb stuffing inside is taking on the flavour.

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I think the chestnut and garlic is lovely with it.

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I love all that liquid that's come out and soaked up by your cabbage.

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-It's a really, really tasty thing.

-Thanks.

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I like that, Danny. I do like that.

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Tiny little bit of acidity, lots of spice, sweetness from the chestnut.

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Granddad's red cabbage is a joy. I wish I'd met the man if he cooks like that.

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The flavours around your meat are wonderful,

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-but your pork is a little dry.

-Mm.

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Danny, big day today. Is it enough?

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Well, I hope so.

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I really hope so.

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I think, overall, it was OK. It was OK.

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I'm sure my granddad would be proud of me.

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I'd love to think so.

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Nick, in memory of his dad,

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has cooked minced beef pie and mash with liquor,

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a traditional parsley sauce.

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I think it looks great. I think it looks really honest.

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I think it looks brilliant. Really like it.

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Mm! Hey, you!

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I really like it. I can see you sitting at a big table in a cafe,

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eating pie and liquor and mash with your dad, having a chat.

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I think that's really special. It's well seasoned, well made,

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the liquor is tasty, your mashed potato's good.

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It has got some lumps in it, which is a bit of a shame.

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The pastry is just thin enough to be a casing for that lovely meat.

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Do you know what's really special for me, Nick?

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That's the closest I've got to an Aussie meat pie since I've been here!

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-That's great!

-Thank you.

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That liquor is fantastic.

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It's coating everything, it's carrying all the flavours.

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You've got plenty of seasoning inside your pie.

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Your pastry is light. Your mash is creamy.

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Nick, that is as close an attempt at a traditional pie and mash as I've seen.

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-Thanks, mate.

-Good lad.

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Hopefully, my dad's looking down on me saying, "Nice one, son!"

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That is a dish that's close to mine and my family's heart.

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I'm proud to have done it a bit of justice.

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Linda has cooked one of her dad's favourite dishes,

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chicken Marengo on a potato rosti,

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with mushrooms and olives topped with a quail's egg

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and served with asparagus.

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It looks a little messy. It tastes great.

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The sauce is sweet and rich and quite peppery.

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The chicken's moist, there's crunchy bits in the potatoes.

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It all tastes yummy.

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But the asparagus does not match this chicken dish.

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The chicken is warm and rich and sweet,

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asparagus is probably the most powerful of vegetables.

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It's just that I love asparagus.

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It's difficult to say about presentation.

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We've got these little bits around the outside to make the plate look special,

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but the chicken itself is a little bit mountainous,

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a little bit big and sort of...

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..plonked.

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I really like the crispy bits of your rosti

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with the softness of your chicken, and your sauce is really good.

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The bottom of that rosti is a little bit greasy,

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which is a shame.

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If I'd served that up at home, I'd have been satisfied and thought it was a great dish.

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I didn't make any major mistakes,

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but my lack of knowledge has let me down, I think.

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Aggie has cooked her dad's favourite dessert,

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doughnuts with raspberry jam and custard,

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with a sprinkling of raspberry dust.

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That looks lovely. That looks very appealing.

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SHE LAUGHS

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I love that jam, your mother's jam, bursting with fruit,

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a bit of sharpness, not too sweet.

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The custard's a wonderful idea as a dipping thing.

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-The doughnuts themselves are a little heavy.

-Mm.

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A little dry.

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The best of doughnuts disappear in your mouth.

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This thing took a fair bit of chewing, Aggie.

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-You wouldn't want to hit anybody on the head with one.

-Aww! OK.

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I think it's great and fun.

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It's interesting that you've cooked something that your father would've loved,

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your mum's raspberry jam and good custard.

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I love jam doughnuts.

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That jam and custard, I could eat a bowl full of it.

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That jam is beautiful. It's fresh, it's not too sweet.

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The custard is beautifully made.

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Your doughnuts, they are a little bit dry,

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-a bit heavy.

-Yes. Yes.

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It's so frustrating and it's so irritating.

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Somebody else, please do worse than me!

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Last up is Phil.

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In memory of his honeymoon in Crete with his wife Kate,

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he's cooked a neck of lamb with merguez sausage

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on a bed of mixed vegetables and cous cous.

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Inspired by Mrs Vickery and your time on honeymoon.

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Absolutely.

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-I haven't met Mrs Vickery, but this is very pretty.

-It's very, very similar.

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That lamb is as soft a piece of lamb as I've ever eaten.

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Beautifully soft.

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Tangs of garlic in there, the heat of pepper

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and real punch in there for a little bit of olive, as well.

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All of the flavours of North Africa. It's lovely.

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It is really beautiful.

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It looks like a really well rehearsed, well practiced,

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well thought-out and very well-executed dish.

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A lovely dish, beautifully cooked, beautifully thought-out,

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beautifully executed, seasoned, beautifully put on the plate.

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-But...

-But.

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..I never expected something as pretty, light, dainty

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and as tasty as a dish like that from you ever.

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-Good on you.

-Thank you.

-Good on you.

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Hey, you all right, mate?

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-Fine.

-You're not going to blub?

-As long as you don't talk about it!

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-I'm just pleased.

-You are such a softy!

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I know. HE SNIFFS

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Well done. Thank you.

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-Thanks, Phil.

-Thanks.

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I loved cooking today.

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I love cooking, I love things with a meaning.

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To see people smile when you've cooked something

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is just the best feeling in the world,

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particularly when it's people like John and Gregg,

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who are not afraid to let you know when it's not right.

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ATMOSPHERIC MUSIC

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The standard of food is just fantastic today in this room.

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Amazing.

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Tough competition, and the decision of who goes and who stays just got tougher.

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Thanks very much.

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-It's amazing, where does the time go?

-I know!

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You look at the clock and it's just over.

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Good food to remind you of someone or something special, that's what we asked them to do,

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to cook for us something which meant something to them.

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All in all, I think we had a great result. Some really interesting food.

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Whose did you like?

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I think Nick has given us some really good dishes.

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I think that pie with the liquor and the mash

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was a great, great thing.

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The crust was good, the meat filling was really tasty. The liquor tasted of parsley.

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That is the closest imitation to authentic pie and mash and liquor

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outside of a pie and mash shop I've ever had.

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Nick delivered what he wanted to deliver -

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something that reminded him of his dad.

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Nick's definitely in. Definitely, definitely in! Good day today.

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It's touch and go. I want to stay in, as does everyone else,

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so fingers crossed.

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-The next dish which contained the most emotion came from...

-BOTH: Phil.

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Phil was cooking a dish which was about his honeymoon,

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sitting with his wife and enjoying great food.

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You can see where it started from - a big bowl of cous cous, spiced lamb, some vegetables.

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He did an extraordinary job.

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I'm blown away. I'm really surprised by what Phil did today.

0:35:460:35:50

Phil has gone from the biggest, most rustic cook

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to the man with the best presentation skills in the room!

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Technically, John, that neck of lamb was as moist as a leg.

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It was beautiful.

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Phil's in.

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I've done all I can do.

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It's up to John and Gregg to decide what they want.

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Next, Kirsty.

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I think it was brave to take a tomato

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and turn it into a very good sauce.

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It went really well with the salty mussels and the well-made pasta.

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I had no idea that her family were tomato growers. They're greengrocers. I like them.

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It was a nice, flavoursome, tasty dish.

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You put all this effort in and you hope that it's paid off,

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and I hope it has paid off.

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You and I agree that...

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..Phil, Nick and Kirsty should go through.

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Right. I've got three other people with issues -

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Linda, Danny

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and Aggie.

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I wouldn't mind putting my hand up for Danny

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because of the creativity and fine cooking.

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I think that's the great thing. When he wants to snatch your heart,

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Danny can snatch your heart.

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Really lovely red cabbage cooked in honour of his grandfather, which I thought was great.

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I like Danny's inventiveness. He did overcook the pork,

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but who expected pork with sauce and flavourings and herbs in a bag?

0:37:120:37:17

I didn't. And a chestnut sauce? It was lovely.

0:37:170:37:20

-So, can we agree, Danny stays in?

-Yes.

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I did my best. I really, really tried my hardest.

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I just hope I've done enough to stay in.

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And now it's between Aggie and Linda.

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If I look at Linda's food today, the presentation is not right.

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Lumps of asparagus with lemon juice, with a chicken dish, is an issue.

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But you would eat the whole thing.

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You would have no issues whatsoever about eating that whole plate.

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Everything's seasoned really well, everything tastes really good.

0:37:520:37:55

I'd love to go through.

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I'd like to see it to the end

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just because I don't want to miss anything!

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Aggie, with all her experience...

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Yes, she made lovely raspberry jam and wonderful custard,

0:38:050:38:09

but those doughnuts were more sort... of a bit golfball-like,

0:38:090:38:13

rather than being lovely, soft doughnuts.

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They were heavy and dry and thick. More like dough balls.

0:38:160:38:20

I was in control of that dish

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and I allowed it to go wrong, and that's the annoying thing.

0:38:230:38:27

ATMOSPHERIC MUSIC

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So, the question still remains,

0:38:380:38:41

Linda or Aggie?

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Great day. Full of emotion.

0:39:040:39:07

Six truly great contestants.

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We can't keep you all.

0:39:120:39:15

For us, one person really stood out today.

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Their food was evocative, it was about a memory,

0:39:200:39:25

and it was perfectly executed.

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Nick, congratulations. Absolutely brilliant. You stay in the competition.

0:39:280:39:33

There's certain people in this competition that seem to get better and better.

0:39:410:39:46

Phil, today, your food was stunning.

0:39:460:39:49

You're also staying with us.

0:39:490:39:52

UPLIFTING MUSIC

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Kirsty, a bowl of pasta, fresh tomatoes and mussels...

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Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.

0:40:040:40:07

Kirsty, you're staying with us. Well done.

0:40:070:40:11

Danny, your pork was a bit dry,

0:40:120:40:14

but we loved the presentation, we loved the thought process,

0:40:140:40:18

and that chestnut sauce was fabulous.

0:40:180:40:21

You're staying with us.

0:40:210:40:24

Thank you.

0:40:240:40:26

TENSE MUSIC

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Linda and Aggie, we have to judge you on the food you cooked today.

0:40:400:40:44

There were mistakes from both of you.

0:40:470:40:50

Aggie...

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-I'm sorry, you're leaving us. Thank you.

-OK.

0:40:590:41:02

-LINDA: What?!

-Well done, Linda.

-Aww, Aggie!

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No, no, that's good.

0:41:060:41:08

No! No, you can't go!

0:41:080:41:11

-Thank you.

-Well done.

-Thanks, Aggie, very much.

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I don't know what I'm going to fill my time with,

0:41:240:41:26

because it's been cooking, cooking, cooking.

0:41:260:41:29

Yes, it's been very intense, but good.

0:41:290:41:33

I will go home

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and have a wee dram for my dad.

0:41:450:41:49

Congratulations. You are our final five.

0:41:510:41:55

UPLIFTING MUSIC

0:41:550:41:58

I really am in shock. I really didn't expect to go through, and I can't believe Aggie's gone.

0:41:590:42:04

All I can say is, thank God for her rock doughnuts!

0:42:040:42:08

Today was a personal day for me, so I'm really happy to still be here.

0:42:100:42:14

Hopefully, I can go on and get into the final.

0:42:140:42:16

I'm really, really happy. It's brilliant. Totally chuffed.

0:42:170:42:22

I'm delighted to be through. I'm thinking, "What's coming next?"

0:42:230:42:28

Fantastic. Absolutely brilliant.

0:42:290:42:31

I live to fight another day. Onwards and upwards.

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Tomorrow,

0:42:420:42:43

the battle for a place in the final continues

0:42:430:42:47

as the celebrities must master the hardest skill of all -

0:42:470:42:51

pastry.

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Big fat fingers, a fiddly job.

0:42:530:42:55

LINDA: I'm having a mare today!

0:42:550:42:59

I don't know what to do now.

0:42:590:43:02

It's hard as a rock!

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And one of them will be going home.

0:43:050:43:09

The person leaving us is...

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The semi-finals continue, as the remaining six celebrities battle for the MasterChef title. They must now impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with one exceptional dish for a place in the final five.


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