Chef Ben is told: Sorry but you’re out

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CALDERDALE’S Masterchef hopeful has been knocked out of the competition – after his last- minute reprieve.

Ben Varley, who works at Churchill’s restaurant at Holywell Green, had to leave the competition early two weeks ago after slicing off part of his finger while cooking for renowned chef Michel Roux Jr.

He was given a second chance for glory and dramatically re-entered the kitchen on Wednesday night.

But it wasn’t to be.

Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace said they were impressed with his cooking but said he focused on presentation rather than taste.

All the competing chefs made the classic recipe of roasted pigeon with stewed peas a la francaise before Ben made poussin with a ballatine, saffron dauphinoise, along with vegetables and a thyme and lemon reduction.

After finishing the cooking, Ben said he thought he had done himself justice, and had a nerve-wracking wait to see if he would make it through to the next round.

Michel said: “It’s a very vibrant dish, very appetising for the diner.

“What’s lacking is a good sauce.”

But Gregg criticised the presentation. “It looks a little bit like Stonehenge,” he said.

Ben was disappointed to leave but said: “I am off and I don’t want to go.

“But I feel like this time it was for the right reasons,” he said.