A dentist’s dream of swapping his scrubs for chef’s whites are over after he failed to make it to the semi-final of a TV cooking contest.
Dr James Cooper, 25, who works at MCM Dental Services on Queen Street, left BBC’s MasterChef on Wednesday night.
His final dish of pancakes failed to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace enough to secure him a place in the next stage of the show.
Dr Cooper said: “Of course I was disappointed but all the contestants are really good and we got on really well. I was really pleased for those who went through.
“I think, to be honest, I was at the point in the show where I was hitting my limit. But I feel like I went out on a high.”
On Wednesday night’s show Dr Cooper and his fellow contestants were split into two teams and given the tough task for preparing lunch for more than 200 British Airways workers at Heathrow Airport.
Then they returned to the studio where the teams had to prepare breakfast for 20 people.
Dr Cooper concentrated his efforts on making a version of tomato sauce - his favourite part of any breakfast.
Afterwards two cooks were chosen by John and Gregg to forward to the semi-finals.
But Dr Cooper was one of four contestants who had go head to head in a cook off to compete for the other two places.
He cooked American style pancakes with blueberries, maple-cinnamon walnuts and a summer berry coulis.
Although Gregg loved Dr Cooper’s creation, it wasn’t enough to secure his place in this year’s semi-final.
Dr Cooper said: “I really enjoyed the experience. My patients have been really supportive.”