Lincoln’s MasterChef makes it to final five

Two Michelin starred chef Michel Roux Jr and MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace and John Torode praised Lincoln joiner’s Eamonn Hunt’s fine dining dishes in Wednesday’s episode

Lincoln joiner Eamonn Hunt impressed judges and Michelin Star chef Michel Roux Jr to make it through to the final five of BBC’s MasterChef show.

Despite Roux Jr airing concern that Hunt’s dishes seemed like food you’d cook at home, his culinary skills shone through and made him a top contender.

Cooking two courses, Hunt started with pork two ways; rib and herb encrusted tenderloin with a herb crust served with celeriac puree, onion rings, calvados apples and Guinness and cider sauce.

Eamonn’s main dish was rib and herb encrusted tenderloin with a herb crust served with celeriac puree, onion rings, calvados apples and Guinness and cider sauce

After seeing the dish plated up, Michel Roux Jr acknowledged the finesse of the dish calling it “good cooking.”

Hunt’s second course was liquorice poached pear with lime Chantilly cream, blackberry sorbet and a sable biscuit

MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace tasted the desert and called it utterly divine.

Hunt said: “You enter to test yourself and see how good you really are and praise from Michel Roux Jr validates the year I’ve spent honing my skills since missing out on the finals last year.”

With a fine performance, Hunt stood out on the show and was among the first two to make it through to the final five.

Hunt watched the episode at home with his wife but was delighted to get a text from the Tap and Spile landlord to say the whole pub is cheering him on.

The series continues Wednesday, February 29, when the contestants will be cooking for three leading restaurant critics.

Photos: BBC