Aiden Byrne Yes Chef


Aiden Byrne

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Four of the best chefs in Britain

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are on the hunt for their perfect partner.

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For the first time ever,

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amateur home cooks will be paired with the best in the business for

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the cooking experience of a lifetime.

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Mash the spuds!

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Each day, a different Michelin-starred chef will choose

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their perfect partner from four talented home cooks.

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I need to think about the person I'm going to take with me

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cos I want to win.

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Then, in the Friday final,

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all four pairs will go head-to-head to cook for culinary royalty

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Pierre Koffmann.

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What I look for, for the perfect dish,

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is to keep it simple and tasty.

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The professional chefs' reputations are on the line.

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Bring the home cooks in!

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But will the amateur home cooks live up to their expectations?

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This is Yes Chef.

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Hello and welcome to Yes Chef.

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Let's meet today's four home cooks.

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First, it's Sarah Alkin.

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She's a customer team member for a supermarket chain in Kelso.

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I am anally tidy.

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I don't like anybody in the kitchen with me

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because I'm a bit of a control freak.

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I never make this much mess in the kitchen.

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This is disgraceful for me.

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I really want to win this - really badly.

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Next, it's Eugene Rangayah, an IT consultant from Wilmslow.

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Based on the fact that I usually concoct stuff,

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working to exact measurements is one of my key weaknesses.

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That's much better now.

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All I know is that I love cooking

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and I love people appreciating my food.

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Steve Baldwin from Blackburn is an art tutor.

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My strengths are...I'm very clean,

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I follow instructions and I'm pretty good at chopping.

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Just a case of keep stirring.

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I want to get through the heats today and then get to that final.

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And, finally, Suzy Blyth is a shop owner from Wigan.

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I've got a six-year-old

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and I've cooked too much children's food the last six years.

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Just hope it's not too wacky.

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I absolutely love just getting everything out of the fridge

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that is going off and, va-va-voom, a little bit of magic wand.

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Welcome to the show, guys.

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So we have our four home cooks.

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All we need now is our chef.

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He was awarded his first Michelin star at the age of just 22.

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It's Aiden Byrne.

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Aiden Byrne has worked in some of the best restaurants in Britain for

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the last 20 years.

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As a protege of Tom Akins,

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he's developed a love of classical cooking but with a modern twist.

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One of my main focal points

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are really strong flavours and traditional marriages.

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He began his career working for free in a hotel kitchen and is

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always striving for perfection.

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After just four years in the business,

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he became head chef and, at the age of 22, was the youngest person ever

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to win a Michelin star.

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Qualities I'm looking for in a home cook are a

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good sense of taste, a little bit of common sense

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and someone with a real passion for food.

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Any competition you enter, you want to win it.

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Give me the right person, there's no doubt about it, I will win this competition.

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Welcome to the show, Aiden. We're over the moon to have you here.

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Thank you very much. I'm very excited to be here.

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Good. So our four home cooks are going to be doing everything they

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can to impress you as one of them will be joining you

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on the Friday final. What are you going to be looking for today?

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I'm a real stickler for classical flavour combinations, marriages,

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so I don't want to see anything too far out there.

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I want to see well thought out dishes, clean flavours,

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stuff that's going to really stand out.

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Well, let's get on with it.

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This is round one - dish of the day.

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Now, cooks, in this round,

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you are going to be preparing the one dish that you feel

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sets you apart from the rest.

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Are you ready? ALL: Yes, Chef.

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So, our cooks are off and,

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with someone destined to leave at the end of this round,

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impressing Aiden is crucial because no-one wants to go home.

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There is only 45 minutes on the clock but art tutor Steve

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is already feeling confident.

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Hopefully, I'll have a taste sensation.

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Hi, Sarah. Hiya.

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How are you getting on? Not too bad, thank you.

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How are the nerves?

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OK. What are you making first?

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I'm making a Venetian fish soup.

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I had it in Venice on my honeymoon.

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Oh, lovely. With everything that's in front of me here,

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including the cod and the prawns,

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this is the dish I'm probably most excited about, just because of it's

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classic, putting something like this up in front of Pierre Koffmann,

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that excites me, so...

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Thank you. Brilliant.

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Added pressure.

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Good luck. Thank you.

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Bit nervous but, apart from that, I'm OK.

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The only thing that could go wrong is the fish overcooked.

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It just needs a bit of love.

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Hi, Eugene, you all right? Good to see you. Good, thanks.

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Are you excited? Yes, very, very.

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It's obviously a curry.

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I'm originally from South Africa, so I've taken a spin on the curry from there. Right, OK.

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I added my own twist to it, so it's more flavoursome,

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not too much of heat.

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Is the lamb going to be served pink or is it going to be well done?

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It's a curry, so it's going to be well done. OK.

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And then cucumber, just as a cooler if the curry is a bit spicy.

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Do you get nervous or do you feel nervous?

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Right now, yes, probably, I do.

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I guess, you, know, normally I'm caught up in my kitchen.

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With a glass of wine on the go, no doubt. Yeah, absolutely.

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A glass of wine works perfectly.

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OK, well, good luck.

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We'll let you carry on. I'm excited.

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Thank you. Perfect.

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Just going to cover it up,

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so it aids the cooking process because of the time.

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Hi, Stephen. Are you all right?

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Good, how are you?

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I'm good, yes. I'm good.

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Good smells already.

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Lovely strong flavours there.

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That's what I'm hoping to have, a lot of flavour.

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You're making risotto. Are you going to cook it the classical way?

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Keep on stirring it, get that creaminess going?

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I got told to stir it in the same direction.

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OK, OK. Cos if you stir the other way,

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you're stirring the starch back in.

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I don't know if that's a myth or if someone told me and laughed at me.

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The whole point of it is the rice is smashing against each other,

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so the more it smashes against each other,

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the more starch it releases. So I've never heard that one but, you know,

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I'll bow down to that.

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I'll bring that up with the person who told me after this.

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You serving anything with the risotto or is it just...?

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I'm going to thinly slice ciabatta, just drizzle it with olive oil,

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and then just rub a bit of garlic on the top.

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Your hands look like they're shaking there. Are you nervous?

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I wasn't until you said you were more excited with the other dish.

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Oh, well, we'll let you carry on. All right.

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All the very best. Yep.

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And finally it's a chance for shop owner Suzy to wow chef Aiden.

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Hi, Suzy. Hello.

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Hi.

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Wow!

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There's a lot going on here, obviously.

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Basically, I'm doing venison on a bed of chorizo

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and blackberries with some hazelnuts,

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so a little bit of a strange combination but it works.

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So are you quite an experimental cook?

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Very much so. Sometimes it works and...

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Well, good luck. Exciting. ..sometimes it doesn't.

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Look forward to tasting it. Thank you.

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This is one of the main ingredients - pretty spicy chilli powder.

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Some people will pour all the stock in at once and then cook it

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in the oven, but I think you can manage the creaminess more

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through stirring it in the pan.

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Whose dish excites you the most at the moment?

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There's three very classical dishes,

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very classical dishes,

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and almost quite safe, and then there's the wild card.

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Suzy. When I saw all the ingredients, I thought, "Oh, my God,

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"it's going to be a nightmare."

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But I'm quite excited by it.

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But, at the same time, if he nails that risotto,

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"See you later, everybody else."

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If she nails that soup, again, "See you later." Yeah.

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And the same with the curry.

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He taught me something there. I said, "How are you going to cook it? Is it going to be medium rare?"

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He went, "No, it's a curry, so it's going to be well done." Duh!

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Risotto is a risotto,

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but I'm intrigued serving it with fried bread.

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I would've put a breast of chicken or something like that.

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Fish, in my opinion, is one of the hardest to cook

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because you've got about a seven-second window

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where it can be cooked to being overcooked.

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Perfect.

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But it's not the fish that is causing concerns in the kitchen.

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It's such a fine art.

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It's a couple of seconds between them being done and not quite done.

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That smells good, Eugene.

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I hope it's not overpowering because it can be a bit strong.

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I'm just going to take it off for a bit.

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Got more of a kick than my previous attempt, so...

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And with the pressure building,

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Suzy has nicked her finger with the knife.

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I couldn't quite work the mandolin,

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so I thought I'd be safer with a knife, but I wasn't.

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Fortunately, I've got two hands.

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Right, cooks, you have just two minutes left,

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so you really need to start thinking about getting the food on the plate.

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30 seconds, guys. If it's not on the plate, it won't be judged.

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Five,

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four,

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three,

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two, one.

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Stop cooking and step away from your plates.

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And breathe, and breathe.

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But, in all the rush, Eugene's cooling cucumber has been forgotten.

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First to be judged is Sarah with her dish of the day,

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a Venetian fish soup.

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A classic dish made with cod, mussels,

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prawns and saffron served with crusty bread.

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There you go. Perfect.

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And are you happy with your dish?

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As happy as I can be, yes.

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Tuck in. Absolutely.

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It's a lovely dish.

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The chilli is just right. There's not too much chilli in there.

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I think, by putting the prawns in,

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you've taken them too far.

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Yeah.

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There's one thing missing...is a bit of body.

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It's a bowl of flavoured water... Mm-hm.

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..but it's gorgeous.

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The flavour is beautiful. There's no disputing it. Thank you.

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If you'd like to go back to the waiting room. Thank you.

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We'll see you very shortly. Thanks very much. Well done. Thank you.

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Just needed some substance,

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maybe some potato or something, to maybe thicken it up a wee bit.

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She looked a bit deflated.

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I thought she was going to start crying.

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The one thing that was missing in that dish,

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to me, was some seasoning.

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I cooked the prawns for too long. I shouldn't have put the prawns in when I did.

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I should have just done the mussels.

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That's lovely. Really nice.

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Next to the tasting room is Eugene with his dish of the day -

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lamb Durban curry with ginger, garlic,

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mustard seeds and cumin served with a kale and spring onion Basmati rice

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and garnished with coriander.

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Did you enjoy that? It was enjoying.

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OK, let's give it a go.

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Here's hoping that you are.

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I see you didn't have time to do the cucumber -

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that's always a bit of a worry about that.

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Tasting it now, those flavours are very calm

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and they sit side-by-side,

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and I have got no criticism about that whatsoever.

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Excellent. Thank you. I'm very glad about that. None whatsoever.

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It went better than I expected,

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so I'm really, really pleased with that.

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The food was great, but one thing that concerns me about Eugene...

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is...is he a one-trick pony?

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Right. OK. Does he just cook curries?

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So we'll just wait and see, I guess.

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To get that sort of flavour in 45 minutes, oh, it's gorgeous.

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I mean, you'd marinate it for, like, a day or something.

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Time for a Steve's dish of the day -

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chorizo risotto with smoked paprika, chilli and Parmesan

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accompanied with a char-grilled garlic ciabatta.

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There you go.

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The technique you brought up earlier about stirring it in one direction,

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do think that's put you in good stead?

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I changed it after I spoke to you.

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I went anywhere. Did you?

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OK, well, we'll see. Shall we have a taste? We'll see.

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The chorizo has got a kick to it.

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It's more spicier than I wanted it.

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You should have tasted it before. Yeah.

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There is that creamy texture there.

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Just not quite enough. Just not...

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It just hasn't hit the nail on the head, I think.

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If anything's let you down in that dish, it's that.

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I tasted it a lot and I was trying to get it off the heat,

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so, as a result of that, I added a bit more stock.

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So regrets are really not covering all bases.

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And finally it's Suzy with her dish of the day -

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a venison steak in orange juice and passion fruit vodka,

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with deep-fried beetroot, carrots, chorizo,

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blackberries, hazelnuts and asparagus.

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How did you find that?

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Terrifying.

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OK, so shall we taste? Yeah, let's do it.

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There is quite a medley of ingredients in there,

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which, personally, I wouldn't put together.

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Beetroot, orange, I get. The hazelnut, the chorizo...

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But take the asparagus out of the equation and you've got...

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..real, strong, harmonious collection of ingredients

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there and it sits really well together, surprisingly enough.

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Congratulations. Thank you.

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He said I didn't need the asparagus.

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There was a bit too much going on.

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He liked it but he didn't know why he liked it.

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It was a bit of a bizarre combination!

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I think he was just, like, "Woman, you've thrown what on the plate?"

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Whether I would take her and put her in front

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of Pierre Koffmann is another matter. Right.

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If we were to take her right to Friday,

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will she try and do her own way of doing it? Yeah.

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Maybe. I've got to think about that.

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Yeah, OK.

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Only three people can be taken through to the next round.

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For one of our home cooks, it's time to leave the competition.

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When I walked in and saw that list of ingredients,

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I knew exactly who was going home.

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Are you talking about Suzy? Yeah, Suzy, yeah.

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I think he thought it was going to be absolutely awful...

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but he looked pleasantly surprised.

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And then I tasted the flavour combinations

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and she almost got away with it.

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But then three really classical dishes,

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I could probably nurture them.

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It was OK but what he brought up was what I expected, as well.

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I want to get to the end, basically. It would be an honour to work with him. So, yeah, it would be great.

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I think I definitely, definitely want to win...

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A hell of a lot.

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OK. OK? All right, let's go and speak to them.

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Firstly, I'd like to say well done to everybody.

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But, as you know, only three of you can proceed to the next challenge

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and Aiden has made up his mind.

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The dishes that you guys have all delivered today have been much

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better than I expected them to be right across the board.

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But the deciding factor is - can I mould this person to take them?

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Cos I want to win.

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Really sad to say that...

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..Suzy, I think you cook from the heart -

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I admire that - but are you too much of a wild card for me?

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I'm really, really sorry. That's OK.

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Aw, Suzy.

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Well done. You should be very proud of yourself.

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Very, proud of yourself.

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Gutted, absolutely gutted.

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I never do play safe.

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I've never played safe in life,

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so I could have chosen something easier maybe,

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but it's not what I'm about.

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You know, so, yeah, I'm the wild card.

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So that leaves three home cooks.

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They are customer team member Sarah, IT consultant Eugene

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and art tutor Steve.

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Time for round two - it's the chef's challenge.

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In this challenge, Aiden has devised a test to determine which one of our

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home cooks has the skills he is looking for.

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So, Aiden, what's the challenge?

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I'm making a bowl of soup here.

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As I'm going along, I'm going to let you taste, taste, taste.

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You're going to taste the difference as we add and take away ingredients.

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The person who goes home is the person that under delivers

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with regards to flavour.

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OK? Yeah. First of all,

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I need a base to carry them flavours.

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For that, I'm going to use a shallot.

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I'm going to put the chicken stock on,

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so, when I pour my hot chicken stock over my soup,

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it's automatically going to come up to boil.

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Get my shallots in there...

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little bit of thyme in there,

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put the lid on, and then we'll do the eel.

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It just peels away.

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And then off with a flesh.

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It's dead simple. Your knife just runs down the back.

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All in there.

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So the skin has gone in there and the bones. Release all the oils, yeah. Skin and the bones.

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Now we're going to put in the apple.

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Sliced apple. This will cook in seconds.

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I'm going to put a little bit of the...

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eel in now and that will give the soup a little bit of body.

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In with the stock, in with the cream...

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..and then we blend it.

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You guys need to taste now.

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OK, that's the eel that is the most predominant thing in there.

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As we go on and season it, the apple will start coming through.

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The smoked eel will have a slight element of saltiness to it.

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We're not overly stressed with the salt.

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Put a little bit of salt in

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and I want you to have a little taste of this now.

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You want to take it to the point where it won't take any more salt at all.

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If you put one more grain of salt in,

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it's going to be way up there and too much.

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I still think it would take some more salt.

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I'm going to add some sugar, add some acidity,

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because what you'll notice is,

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when I add that sugar and acidity,

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the salt levels will stand out even more.

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Have a little taste of that.

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It definitely lifts it.

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I'm going to put a little bit more lemon juice in there.

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That's taken it up a notch. It has taken it up to another level, hasn't it?

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But you see that growth of powerful flavours, can't you?

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Spot on. OK. Happy with that?

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You happy that you're able to reproduce that?

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NERVOUS LAUGHTER

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Yeah.

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So our cooks have just 15 minutes to create a perfectly seasoned soup.

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Aiden is looking for a partner that can follow his instructions

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to produce a good balance of flavours

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and he'll be watching closely for any mistakes.

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I think my nerves are holding out so far.

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The home cooks have no notes,

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so must replicate the recipe from memory alone,

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and Aiden's watching their every move.

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I'm trying to remember.

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Whether I've done it in the right order, I don't know,

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but hopefully I will have.

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Hopefully!

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I've never worked with it before.

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Surprisingly quite slippery still.

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I think I'm doing all right.

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Too much of the liquid.

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The pressure, the pressure!

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So, have you noticed if anyone's nerves have got the better of them

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or if anyone has forgotten to put anything in?

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I think Sarah is really struggling with her nerves.

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I thought she was going to slice her fingers off

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when she was grating that apple.

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Not holding...

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Holding the grater over the top of a bowl. It was like, "Oh, my God!"

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Your finger's going to pop out in a minute!

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I need someone who is composed but, at the end of the day,

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it is just about the flavour and the person that gets that out,

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it's that final little window right at the end.

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If you get it right, I can't not take them through.

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Yeah. Simple as that, really.

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In the final minutes, with the soup made,

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the pressure is on to get the correct blend of salt,

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sugar and lemon juice.

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Cooks, you have just two minutes left.

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With only two cooks going through to the next round,

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it's essential they get the balance right.

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A poorly seasoned soup will be sending someone home.

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30 seconds to go.

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And in the last few seconds,

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Sarah decides to add something extra to her soup.

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Two pieces of smoked eel.

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Five, four, three, two, one.

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Stop cooking.

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So, our cooks have done all they can.

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Now it's time to taste.

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Ooh, exciting.

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That was another tough challenge.

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That was a lot of information to take in

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but you've produced three bowls of soup, so well done.

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OK, so it's not about the texture, it's all about the flavour.

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Wow!

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There is a clear winner. Um...

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Eugene, yours is hands down best soup. Erm...

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It's got everything, absolutely everything.

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Taste buds are going crazy.

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Congratulations. You are definitely through to the next round.

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Thank you very much. Thank you.

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I'm really torn here. Erm...

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Sarah...

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..yours is under seasoned ever so slightly. OK.

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And I don't know why you put pieces of eel in there.

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You were supposed to replicate everything that I had done.

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You need to do everything I've told you to do. Yep.

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Steve, yours is well over seasoned.

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Oh, it's hard.

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Because I can nurture both of yous.

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Putting that in front of Pierre Koffmann.

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he'd just walk away from it and we won't stand a chance,

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so on that premise, I'm afraid, young man,

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I'm going to have to send you home. OK.

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Aw, Steve.

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Congratulations and congratulations.

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Steve, give us a hug.

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Absolutely gutted.

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Just for simple things that I got wrong, so...

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If it were anything else,

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I can understand but it's things that I could've done better.

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So, just two cooks remain.

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They are customer team member, Sarah, and IT consultant, Eugene.

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But only one can be Aiden's partner.

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Time for our third and final round, the chef's special.

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Our two finalists will be given a set of ingredients to one of Aiden's

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signature dishes.

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The aim of this challenge is to see what you can make from the same set of ingredients.

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You will get to see what Aiden makes a bit later on,

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but for you at home, here's today's ingredients.

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Aiden's ingredients are...

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a saddle of lamb which includes two loins and the back bone,

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anchovies, onions,

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thyme, double cream, lamb stock,

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panko breadcrumbs, butter, flour,

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eggs, white wine vinegar, peppercorns and bay leaves.

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Right, cooks, you have one hour to create a mouthwatering masterpiece

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for Aiden. Reveal your ingredients because your time starts now.

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OK.

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SHE MOUTHS

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I'm trying to work out, you know, your meat and accompaniment.

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The clock is ticking but Aiden's selected ingredients have ground our

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cooks to a halt.

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A few minutes in and Eugene appears to have a plan but Sarah still seems a little stumped.

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Sarah does seem very nervous.

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Sarah is nervous now,

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imagine when she's in the room with three other high-profile chefs and

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Pierre Koffmann and I leave her alone,

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Sarah's nerves are just going to get the better of her.

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You know that minute when you get brain freeze?

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I think the confidence levels in Eugene in comparison to Sarah

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are poles apart.

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I'm trying to get the butter to infuse with the thyme.

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I don't think I'm going to use that.

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Don't think I'm going to use that.

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How are you getting on?

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I'm still trying to deliberate exactly what I'm doing,

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but I'm definitely doing the rack of lamb.

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I'm going to do a spiced crust for it

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with the juniper and black pepper.

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I'm trying to come up with something else as well.

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To garnish?

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Yeah, a garnish I'm trying to conjure up.

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You don't have much time, though. No, I know.

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And the shallots and onions,

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they're very unforgiving when they're not cooked enough.

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Yeah, I know. OK.

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Good luck. Hopefully it'll come together.

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Hopefully. Keep calm. Thank you.

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Hi, Eugene. Hi. You seem to be moving on.

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Yep, I'm just trying to pan fry the cutlet

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and then I'll make a sauce, a creamy sauce.

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At the moment it's just the lamb and the cream sauce?

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Yes, I'm thinking about a pasta, sort of,

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piece to put along it but never made pasta before.

0:29:200:29:24

Haven't you? No! Good luck. Thank you.

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Should have used a saucepan for this. Change pots.

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I'm making a sauce so it will be easier in a saucepan.

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I'm intrigued with Eugene making a bit of pasta.

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I know. Very impressed with that.

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I think Sarah's idea of making a crust for the lamb

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is a really good idea.

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So do you still think Eugene is a one trick pony?

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It's really tough to say.

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I think this challenge will really decide whether he's got the

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capabilities of moving outside that box.

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As time ticks on, Sarah isn't any more confident in her menu.

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Lamb and a sauce, basically, and some roasted shallots.

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Hopefully that will be enough to impress him

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because I can't think of anything else to do.

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Hi, Eugene. Hi.

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How are you getting on? I decided against the pasta.

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Have you? Yes, yes.

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Why? I'm just thinking about the time,

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so I'm just going to gently pan-fry the fillet

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and then serve that with alternate sauces.

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There's a really nice calmness about you.

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Inside, is a different story altogether!

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It's all over the place. Is it?!

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How are we getting on? All right, I think.

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Are you feeling a bit more confident?

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A little bit, maybe. I don't know!

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Cooks, you have just 15 minutes to go.

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And as things heat up in the kitchen,

0:31:050:31:08

the usually calm and collected Eugene is showing signs of nerves.

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Oh, no, that's not cooked.

0:31:130:31:16

Needs five minutes more, I think.

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I can't get through that.

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I can't actually get through the bone.

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I'm losing all my crumb!

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Cooks, you have just five minutes left.

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That's better now.

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One minute left.

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Five, four...

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three, two, one.

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Stop cooking!

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That was the fastest hour of my life!

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That's it, that was the third and final round.

0:32:050:32:08

Our cooks have done all they can.

0:32:080:32:10

It's now time to taste.

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First is customer team member, Sarah.

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She's made a rack of lamb with a herbed and spiced anchovy and lemon crumb,

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roasted shallots and a lamb jus.

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There you go. How did you find that challenge?

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I struggled a bit to begin with, but hopefully it has kind of come together a wee bit.

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The jus, did you roast any of the lamb bones through the jus?

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I didn't, no.

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The lamb is really nicely cooked.

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Thank you. Yes, really, really nicely cooked.

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Real kick of anchovy there.

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Nice.

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I think you achieved what you wanted to achieve with the sweetness of the shallots. Yup.

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Yes, it's perfect.

0:33:230:33:24

I would be happy sitting down in a restaurant eating that.

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The lamb is cooked perfectly, the sauce is lovely,

0:33:270:33:29

the shallots are doing what they need to do.

0:33:290:33:31

No negatives, really. That's brilliant.

0:33:310:33:34

How do you feel about those comments? I'm absolutely astounded.

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Great. I am so taken aback. Thank you. It means a lot to me.

0:33:360:33:40

For him to turn round and say he'd happily eat that in a restaurant

0:33:400:33:43

is just phenomenal.

0:33:430:33:44

Nobody has said anything as good as that about my food

0:33:440:33:47

and I'm just so, so proud of myself.

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Next into the tasting room, it's IT consultant, Eugene.

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He's made pan-fried lamb cutlets infused with onions,

0:33:530:33:56

anchovies and peppercorns and a lamb fillet with a cream,

0:33:560:34:00

shallot and spring onion sauce.

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How did you find that challenge?

0:34:030:34:05

Challenging!

0:34:050:34:08

Tuck in.

0:34:080:34:09

It certainly appealed to my palate. Thank you!

0:34:440:34:48

This is anchovy in your face

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and that can only be a good thing in my opinion.

0:34:490:34:53

I'd probably question the cream sauce.

0:34:530:34:56

Lamb, being quite fatty, adding a cream sauce on top of that,

0:34:560:34:59

maybe the plate of food would be a little bit too rich

0:34:590:35:02

to sit down and eat it in its entirety. Yeah.

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But I think that standing out for me,

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the amount of anchovy that you used

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and I don't think you can ever have enough. No, I agree.

0:35:080:35:12

Part way through the challenge,

0:35:120:35:13

I realised that it was still very rare in the middle,

0:35:130:35:17

so I decided to pan-fry it.

0:35:170:35:20

He's a big fan of lamb and anchovies so I'm glad I put that final touch.

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So with the final challenge complete,

0:35:240:35:26

it's just left for Aiden to decide between our two remaining home cooks.

0:35:260:35:30

She hasn't tried to do too much.

0:35:300:35:33

He's got the cream sauce and all of that kind of stuff which makes me quite nervous.

0:35:330:35:38

But who do I want on my side?

0:35:380:35:40

Yeah. I feel a little bit anxious about it.

0:35:400:35:45

I've got to think about the endgame, really,

0:35:460:35:49

who is going to assist me better going in front of Pierre.

0:35:490:35:51

You are a competitive man, Aiden!

0:35:510:35:55

But before Aiden announces his winner,

0:35:550:35:57

it's time to find out what he makes with those ingredients.

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So, it's over to you now, Chef.

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I'm making lamb with onions and anchovies.

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Wow. Obviously, the main focus of the dish is the lamb.

0:36:060:36:09

Cut it in half and I'm going to let that render down.

0:36:090:36:14

I'm going to do exactly the same with the loin.

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Take away any excess fat and leave that to cook away.

0:36:160:36:20

I'm going to keep these little bits of trimming because I want to enhance as

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much flavour as I can into the sauce.

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Get all the meat out of the way.

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With this piece of meat, which is the most tender of all,

0:36:320:36:36

I'm just going to dice it and serve it as a tartare.

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What's your favourite thing to cook?

0:36:410:36:43

What we're doing here is probably not too far from it.

0:36:430:36:45

Strong, robust flavours married together in a classical way.

0:36:450:36:50

How long does it take you to get your own style?

0:36:500:36:53

I think I was 29 years of age. I went to Ireland

0:36:530:36:56

and I went to work for a guy called Paul Rankin.

0:36:560:36:58

This chap came and poached me to go and work in Dublin.

0:36:580:37:02

I stayed there for about four or five years and we got a Michelin star and

0:37:020:37:05

we were very happy with what we were doing but my old boss,

0:37:050:37:08

Tom Aikens phoned me up and said, "I'm opening up a restaurant in Chelsea."

0:37:080:37:12

Watching his free flow cooking,

0:37:120:37:15

I began to develop that style

0:37:150:37:18

and I knew then exactly what my identity was.

0:37:180:37:21

I knew exactly where I wanted to be.

0:37:210:37:23

It is something that takes a long time.

0:37:230:37:26

What we are doing here is we are going to make a white onion puree.

0:37:260:37:31

A knob of butter in there.

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So for the pickling liquor, I've got a little bit of white wine vinegar,

0:37:360:37:42

extra virgin olive oil and some more time as well.

0:37:420:37:45

Peppercorns, a bit of sugar, salt.

0:37:450:37:49

I love these spring onions.

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I'm just going to pop them in the pan with the lamb fat.

0:37:510:37:54

Do you experiment a lot at home?

0:37:540:37:57

I wouldn't say I brainstorm at home

0:37:570:37:59

because my home time is my family time.

0:37:590:38:01

You completely switch off? I try my hardest to switch off.

0:38:010:38:04

My poor wife would probably disagree with that, but...!

0:38:040:38:07

I put in the stock over the top of my lamb trim onions.

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Next, I'm going to put my anchovies in there.

0:38:120:38:15

So you got your first star at 22?

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Yes. Which is the youngest still.

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It is, yeah. That was a very long time ago.

0:38:210:38:24

That is amazing.

0:38:240:38:26

It was just one of them moments where I'll never forget

0:38:260:38:29

till the day I die. Pretty amazing.

0:38:290:38:31

So, I've got them few shallots in there.

0:38:330:38:35

Right, so, I'm going to pop this in the blender and make a puree.

0:38:350:38:40

No cream whatsoever in there. Beautiful colour.

0:38:480:38:51

More salt.

0:38:520:38:55

A little bit of lemon juice.

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I'm just going to put these eggs in now.

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Then I'm going to pop this...

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pour that over the top of the anchovies in the ring.

0:39:060:39:09

Then we'll cover that with clingfilm.

0:39:100:39:12

What's your favourite type of food to eat?

0:39:120:39:15

I like tapas, because you've got that element of sharing, and sushi.

0:39:150:39:20

For that sociable aspect of it all.

0:39:200:39:24

In the steamer. There we go.

0:39:240:39:27

OK, with these anchovies, we're just going to coat them in breadcrumbs.

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Trying to keep the silverside for the presentation.

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These little anchovies, we'll drop them into this little bit of oil.

0:39:410:39:45

I think the lamb is pretty much ready.

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I'll take a look at the custard.

0:39:490:39:51

The custard has just set.

0:39:510:39:52

There we go. I felt it drop then.

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We have the tartare.

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These are ready.

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The lamb loin itself.

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Take the outside skin from the onions.

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Then finish off with these little pickled onions,

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and this is pretty much the dish finished.

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Lamb with onions and anchovies.

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This is the best bit now because we get to taste it!

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Go on, tuck in.

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That is amazing.

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Absolutely delicious.

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Good. Unbelievable.

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That custard is amazing. It is nice, isn't it?

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It is so yummy.

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So tasty.

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But now it's time to reveal who you're going to be taking through

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to the Friday final with you.

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Before we do, let's have a quick recap.

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In the first round, Sarah's classic fish soup was bursting with flavour

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but lacking in body.

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It's a bowl of flavoured water.

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She slipped up by adding pieces of eel to her soup in the second,

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but received high praise for her rack of lamb in the final round.

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Yep, it's perfect. No negatives, really.

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Thank you.

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I know it's a selfish thing to say but I'd really love to win.

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Meanwhile, Eugene impressed Aiden with his control of spices in the first round.

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I have got no criticism about that whatsoever.

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And perfectly balanced the flavours of his soup in the second

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but was his rich cream sauce too much for Aiden in round three?

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I'd probably question the cream sauce.

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I've tried my absolute best.

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So, Aiden, it's time to declare your winner.

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Who will you be picking as your partner in the Friday final?

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Both of yous cook at the same level.

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The decision I'm going to make is based on

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that partner remaining calm and in control.

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In my opinion,

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Eugene, I believe it was you who kept your nerve all the way through.

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Congratulations. Well done.

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I am absolutely gobsmacked. I didn't expect it.

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I'm feeling sad, but I'm really excited for Eugene

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to get through to the final

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and I'm sure he'll do an absolutely fantastic job

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and I've just told him that they've got to win.

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Any final thoughts for Friday?

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I'm here to win and so should you be.

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Are you going to do me proud? Yes, Chef. Thank you very much.

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To think that I'm here paired up with a Michelin-starred chef

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to go against other chefs...

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It's a dream! Absolute dream right now.

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I need to pinch myself to wake up!

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Tomorrow on Yes Chef...

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Four more home cooks go all-out to impress super-chef, Matt Gillan.

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You didn't taste the dish. It's bizarre.

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It's the chance for them to work alongside the best in the business.

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No amount of perfect garnish will ever pull that back.

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But only one can become his partner for the Friday final.

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The person going home today is...

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Michelin-starred chef Aiden Byrne has his eye on the prize as he puts four home cooks through a series of culinary challenges, including how to make a perfectly seasoned soup. Aiden will be judged by triple Michelin-starred chef Pierre Koffmann in the final, so his professional pride is at stake. But which home cook will he choose?


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