Nikita Pathakji, who was a finalist in the third round of MasterChef: The Professionals, said being in front of the judges was “really scary”, but receiving a warm response was “the best feeling in the world”. .
After weeks of intense competition, three chefs have reached the final round of the BBC cooking show after 32 aspiring chefs from around the country set off on their journey.
Sagar Massey, Charlie Jeffreys and Pathakji will battle to impress judges Marcus Wareing, Gregg Wallace and Anna Haugh to be named MasterChef: The Professionals 2022 champions on Sunday.
Junior sous chef Pathakji said of making the final three dishes: “I really find it unbelievable. I still have to pinch myself to know that it’s true.
“Of course you enter a contest to go all the way, but I never let myself dream that big. I always take it round by round. The first milestone for me was the critique round.
“I thought I would be content to get through that stage, but as you get further and further, it’s hard not to want it more and more. I definitely dreamed of getting that trophy.”
The 24-year-old said she learned how competitive she can be while on the show and that she is able to compose herself under “tremendous pressure”.
“Every time I stand in front of the judges, it’s really scary. Even after receiving positive feedback, it has never been easier,” she said.
“But the most valuable part of MasterChef is getting an in-depth analysis of your dish, and when the review is perfect, it’s just the best feeling in the world.
“Letting the best chefs in the field tell you that the food you are creating is amazing is the ultimate endorsement.
“I learned how competitive I am. I think I’ve known this before, but getting positive feedback is addictive.”
Pathakji added that TV chef Jun Tanaka’s comments about her food after the Chef’s Table challenge will stay with her “forever.”
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The MasterChef: The Professionals Final will air at 6:15pm on Sunday on BBC One and iPlayer.
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