North-east chef ready to cook up a storm as he makes it to next stage of MasterChef

PERFECT: Darren Sivewright.

A CHEF from the North-east has made it through to the knockout stages of a TV cooking programme.

Darren Sivewright, who works as a chef at Baxters in Fochabers, impressed the MasterChef: The Professional judges and the food critics to get through to the next stage of the competition.

Darren, originally from Fraserburgh, got through the quarter-final on Thursday night’s show and is now in the knockout stages, which will be aired on December 8.

Darren said: “It was great to get through to the next round of the competition.

“I was really nervous doing some of the tasks in the quarter-final.

“Cooking for the food critics was by far the worst, I have never knowingly cooked for food critics before, so I wanted to get everything perfect.”

Darren got through an invention test then had to cook a two-course meal for the critics in an hour and 15 minutes.

The 34-year-old cooked stuffed rabbit and for dessert a baked chocolate mousse for the three food critics, William Sitwell, Tracey MacLeod and Charles Campion.