MasterChef serves up a treat with his culinary creation

Allan Earl entered MasterChef competition.
Allan Earl entered MasterChef competition.

A personal chef for the Duke of Bedford just missed out on getting through to the semi-finals of BBC cooking competition MasterChef.

Viewers saw Allan Earl, of Park Road, Woburn, get knocked out of the cooking competition MasterChef: The Professionals last Thursday when it aired on BBC2.

He said: “It was actually really gutting to be knocked out when I was getting so close to the end. The first couple of rounds were really nervewracking and I was shaking the whole time.

“But I was starting to get into my stride and getting more and more confident as the rounds progressed. I had some really tough competition though and I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.”

The show saw 40 people battle it out to be crowned the Masterchef champion over a number of rounds. In the quarter-final there were just five left in the contest.

The 46-year-old, who has worked at Woburn Abbey for three years, added: “I actually didn’t sleep for a week after that quarter final because I just kept going over and over it in my head, thinking what I could have done differently. But that’s what chefs are like, we’re perfectionists, and we don’t like criticism.

“But it was a great experience and I had some amazing feedback from the critics, they are very hard to please.

Allan first applied for the competition in March after he saw an advert pop up on a website. Several weeks later he received a call from the show, inviting him to be interviewed.

Allan said: “I had always wanted to go on Masterchef, I applied loads when I was younger, but never got on. I’m really happy I did it this time, I had a great time doing the show.”