MasterChef 2023 Contestants Week 4 Interviews: Chris

MasterChef 2023 Contestants Week 4 Interviews: Chris

Find out who is preparing their best dishes for MasterChef 2023’s fourth week of heats in the hopes of impressing John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Chris, from Oxfordshire, is a circus performer aged 43. He was born in the Cotswolds, spent his childhood in London, and is now settled with his boyfriend in Henley-on-Thames.

How would you describe your style of cooking?

My cooking style is like my job ‘performative!’ I love nothing more than the pressure of cooking and making sure all the timing is right! I always want the person eating my food to be wowed with the flavour and excited by the theatrical take on the dish. I’ve been inspired by restaurants where they have performers too but i’ve always wanted more connection between the two. If you’re eating Octopus with black rice, let’s see a giant underwater theatrical scene with sound immersion going on around you, I want the full effect. I’m all about the senses when cooking whether it be visually, musically and last but key is taste great!

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What is your earliest cooking memory?

My earliest cooking memory is making Sunday roasts with my mum and grandma. It’s still is a HUGE favourite for me and one that I have perfected over the years. I learnt so much from those times and then going forward I have travelled the world with my performing job so have been lucky enough to eat some incredible ingredients which also inspires me massively.

Why did you enter Masterchef?

I entered MasterChef for a very personal challenge, to try to find a new direction in life that would one day encompass my love of food with my love of entertainment and performing. It was a personal goal (can I even do this?!). I also love being a performer and having the chance to be on the programme in that gorgeous MasterChef kitchen with John and Gregg is amazing. I knew it would be a huge challenge but I believe you must push yourself in life and try out those dreams. They really can come true if you just try!”

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What is your food dream?

My food dream is very unique! I’d like to take my Chrisalys Circus Pig character and turn him into a TV food chef! I think we have space in the world for a cooking fire breathing pig on TV and what better place to start a food career than the MasterChef kitchen. I’d love to travel more and then who knows one day have that performance restaurant that I dream of with acrobats, trapeze artists, fire breathing all with delicious theatrical food, wouldn’t that be amazing!

MasterChef Season 19 is currently airing weeknights on BBC One.

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