Final Five - MasterChef: The Professionals 2014 Jamie Scott

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Editor 17th December 2014

Let's meet the final five MasterChef: The Professionals 2014 who have made it this far and are hoping to impress Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti to be in with a chance of taking this year's title.

  

Jamie - MasterChef The Professionals - low resName:            Jamie Scott

Region:          St Andrews, Scotland (lives in Arbroath)

Age:                26

Profession:    Sous Chef

Personal:       Married      

Cooking Background: “My interest in cooking started when I was a child - I used to bake with my gran from an early age, then was in the kitchen a lot whist my mum was at work. In my early teens I had a Saturday morning job helping make breakfasts with my mum when my mum and dad ran the Cochrane Castle Golf Club.

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“My parents purchased their own pub when I was 14 years old and I built my way up from peeling potatoes to running the kitchen. “My mum is a brilliant chef. She has worked in kitchens for over 30 years, and was the first female to become a Sous Chef in Britain.”

Cooking Influences:jamie both “I am passionate in all areas of the kitchen, but especially love meat butchery and sauce making. “My mum has been the biggest inspiration for me, and also my tutor at college Gary Watson, and my current exec chef Davey Aspen. Their passion and direction has been invaluable.”

On MasterChef: “The owners of the restaurant I work in entered me into the competition without me knowing. They showed great belief in me. “I am completely overwhelmed to have made it this far in the competition; to be through to the final week is very exciting.

“My most challenging moment in the competition so far has to be the Critic’s Challenge in the Quarterfinals. I don’t feel I cooked well and was up against very tough competition in Sean and Sven.”

Cooking ambitions “I am currently still working as part of the Rocca team in St Andrews, which I love.

“The dream is to one day run a successful restaurant business in London or Edinburgh (or both!) with my wife Kelly, who would run front of house. The jamie dessertstyle will be Modern British with personal influences, including my love of Thai food, and dishes inspired by my childhood cooking with my gran and classic French cookery with my mum.

“I would love to cook on TV and produce a book too, that would be amazing.”

What Marcus and Monica said: "The shin and the salt crust was delicious. It had great, great flavours. Jamie's dessert - it looked stunning, wow! It was a dream, a delight - best dish Jamie has put together in this competition by far. "He is a chef that is very content with his cookery."

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 17th December 2014

Final Five - MasterChef: The Professionals 2014 Jamie Scott