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NI man loses in MasterChef final
By Colletta Smith
BBC News

Jonny Stevenson
Jonny Stevenson (right) was one of three MasterChef finalists
Lisburn man Jonny Stevenson has missed out on winning the title of BBC MasterChef 2008.

Mr Stevenson was beaten to the title by former barrister, James Nathan, from Bristol.

The amateur chef from Northern Ireland is an ex-banker and a single dad with two young children.

Before Thursday night's final, Mr Stevenson told the show's judges "my dream is to one day open up a French style bistro, maybe in Lisburn".

During the show, Jonny had to fly 12,000 miles to Belize, Central America, to prepare meals for the British Army in the sweltering heat and humidity of the jungle.

In Wednesday's hour-long episode, the finalists became the sole caterers for a luxurious wedding at Blenheim Palace, and cooked for seven chefs who hold 17 Michelin stars between them.



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