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Dr Tim Kinnaird misses out on MasterChef 2010 title
Dhruv Baker (left), Tim Kinnaird (centre) and Alex Rushmer (right), finalists of Masterchef (Photo: PA WIRE)
Dr Tim Kinnaird (centre) hopes to set up a cake shop in Norfolk

Dr Tim Kinnaird, Norfolk's finalist in BBC One's MasterChef 2010, has missed out on scooping the title.

The former children's doctor from Shipdham, near Dereham, lost to 34-year-old Dhruv Baker, from Wandsworth.

Tim made it through to the cooking show final, screened on 7 April, alongside Cambridge writer Alex Rushmer.

The three finalists had to cook in three-star Michelin restaurants and concoct a three-course meal for judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode.

The 37-year-old, who now hopes to open a cake shop in the county after giving up his job in medicine in February, was praised as a "brilliant, brilliant cook" by tough talking John Torode.

'So exciting'

Dr Tim Kinnaird with his children
Tim dishes up a fruit salad with the help of his children

"It was a bit disappointing not to win but that sense of disappointment lasted less than 20 minutes," said Tim, who lives in Shipdham with his GP wife Rachel and children Abi and Noah.

"Since it's been over it's been so thrilling, so exciting and also there's excitement in seeing a good friend in Dhruv win."

Tim, who beat off competition from 136 contestants to make it through to the final, earned a string of compliments for his culinary creations.

During the series he had to overcome a number of challenges including serving soup at the Tower of London and making a pudding for a maharaja in the heat of Rajasthan.

Final show

In the final show filmed during autumn 2009, he was seen creating a dish from a mystery box of ingredients, cooking at France's top L'Auberge de L'Ill restaurant and preparing a mouth-watering menu in the MasterChef kitchen for the judges' scrutiny.

Tim served a starter of open lasagne filled with roasted squash, wild mushrooms and sage butter, before offering roasted pheasant with pommes Anna, caramelised carrots and parcels of bread sauce with two sorts of fruit jellies, which Gregg Wallace called an "utter delight".

With Tim wowing the judging duo in the past with his delicious deserts, the pair were excited about his concoction of Mont Blanc with chestnut cream and coffee-poached pear.

Following his success with sweets, Tim is making them a key part of his future plans.

"I love so many different aspects of food and cooking that I want to do all of it at the same time," he said.

"I'd quite like to open a restaurant and a cake shop simultaneously, but I'm going to concentrate to begin with on cakes and patisserie stuff because I think that's what I'm best at and that's what I can get going quickest."

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