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MasterChef: Heat is on for Alex Rushmer from Cambridge

MasterChef finalist Alex Rushmer talks about the show to BBC Look East

A freelance writer, amateur chef and keen food blogger is one of three finalists hoping to win MasterChef.

Alex Rushmer, from Cambridgeshire, has been described as "leftfield" by judge Gregg Wallace, after cooking dishes including offal and pigs' ears.

Alex's fellow finalists are Dhruv Baker from London, and Tim Kinnaird from Norwich.

The last part of MasterChef: The Final Three is on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday 7 April.

The youngest of this year's three MasterChef finalists, Alex has overcome competition from 136 other contestants to secure his place in the 2010 final of the BBC programme.

MasterChef finalists 2010
MasterChef 2010 finalists Dhruv Baker, Tim Kinnaird and Alex Rushmer

He has become well-known for veering away from safe ingredients with his fondness for recipes that include offal and others garnished with crispy pigs' ears.

Some people might prefer parsley, but, as judge Gregg Wallace said: "Mediocrity don't win MasterChef."

Speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on the morning of the final, Alex Rushmer said: "I started off on quite a high with a duck dish that the judges absolutely loved, but I've also had a few stumbles along the way."


The three-part final of MasterChef saw the contestants jetting off to work in 100 degrees heat in Indian kitchens, serving up dishes for discerning schoolgirls and creating a banquet for royalty.

Alex and his fellow contestants then faced the daunting task of cooking for Michelin-starred chefs in a London restaurant. Alex's desert, which did not include any offal, elicited the comment "it's like eating a cloud - a pineapple cloud. You are super-gifted".

In the final part of the show, the chefs have been sent to work in European kitchens. Alex worked under a Michelin-starred chef in a restaurant near Venice, an experience he described as "inspirational".

Alex Rushmer in his kitchen at home
Alex whips up a quick fish lunch for Look East reporter Fatima Manji

Gregg Wallace, who presents MasterChef and judges the contestants alongside restauranteur John Torode, spoke to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and said: "Alex is just the most creative and inventive man.

"He's got this knack of blending science with artistry. The man is obviously knowledgeable and an incredible cook.

"A good lad, and I like him too. I can't help it - I just do.

"John (Torode) and I have judged a lot of MasterChefs," he continued.

"You can tell, someone like Alex walks in and right from the beginning you think 'aye, aye, we've got one here'. You can tell the winners right at the start."

MasterChef final

Alex Rushmer faces the final battle for the MasterChef 2010 title against fellow contestants Tim Kinnaird and Dhruv Baker in Masterchef: The Final Three, on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday 7 April.

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