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Jack Layer

Jack Layer

Jack, 27, made it through to the finals on Friday evening (29th April), where the six remaining contestants in the competition were tasked with cooking a fine dining dish to impress four of the country’s most feared restaurant critics: Charles Campion, Tracy MacLeod, Jay Rayner and William Sitwell.

Jack, a project manager at a creative agency in London, impressed the judges with his “guinea fowl in half-mourning” dish, served with a truffled croquette, celeriac fondant, charred leeks, cavolo nero and a champagne sauce, with critic Campion describing it as “work of the highest standards”.

Jack grew up near Banbury and attended Warriner School before studying at the University of Brighton and moving to London in 2012.

Jack, the youngest of the five finalists, has dazzled judges and viewers with his cooking so far, including a deconstructed coriander cheesecake that Gregg Wallace described as ‘breathtakingly brilliant.’

On reaching the finals, Jack said: “I feel ecstatic to have reached the finals and so relieved all the hard work’s paid off. It’s been an amazing journey so far and I can’t wait to see it through as far as I can.”

‘MasterChef: The Final Week’ – Monday at 8.30pm, Wednesday at 9pm, Thursday at 8pm and Friday at 8.30pm on BBC One.


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