BBC Masterchef UK favorite Eddie Scott reveals everything – from what Gregg Wallace and John Torode are really about to his passion for food and the best restaurants
BBC MasterChef UK contestant Eddie Scott has revealed what it’s really like to be on the popular show – from getting involved with the judges to cooking his favorite dish under pressure. Eddie, 30, from Beverley, is one of this year’s favourites, having stormed past rounds to advance to the show’s semi-final, which airs on Tuesday.
Navy pilot Eddie made a big impression on judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, when he scored top marks in his cohort of MasterChef auditions. He confidently secured a place in the semi-finals, shown from Tuesday on BBC1, and managed to look cool as a cucumber while he did it.
The talented East Yorkshire chef spoke to Hull Live about the show’s strengths and challenges and his plans for the future. He also revealed his top restaurant picks in East Yorkshire.
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Speaking about the show, Eddie said: “It’s been such a fantastic experience. When I applied for the show it was just for my joy of cooking, rather than thinking I’d make it to the semis. .
“Going into it, I tried not to pressure myself because food is what I love. I’m so grateful for the incredible opportunities the show has brought.”
As much as Eddie looked calm and in control, he admitted that there were opportunities that brought challenges. He said: “I think the biggest challenge was cooking eight plates for former MasterChef champions. You feel like you’re timed and one mistake could be over for you.
“I think I handle pressure well because my day job as a marine pilot requires a lot of precision and responsibility. Those skills kind of translate to cooking, so I knew the value of being as organized as possible.”
The Beverley cook also gave insight into how judges John and Gregg are with the contestants. He said: “The judges don’t just taste your food at the end, it’s so much more than that. They’re always walking around watching the way you work in the kitchen.
“They look at your skills, such as knife work and diligence, to take that into account when judging as well. You definitely feel like they want you to succeed and are trying to take the pressure off you as much as possible.
“Their feedback is really important in making you the best cook you can be. The guest judges too, especially past winners, inspire me so much and really know what it’s like to be in a competitor’s shoes. ”
Eddie draws inspiration from classic French cuisine, as he began his foodie journey in France as a child, where he would go camping and exploring the markets. He explained that his favorite meal was a simple grilled lemon sole with perfectly cooked fries while on vacation.
French cuisine isn’t his only influence, as Eddie grew up around his Indian grandparents, who were “excellent cooks”. He said: “If one day I opened my own restaurant, I would like to cook French dishes with a subtle Indian touch, like something really unique and different.
“I would absolutely love to have a food business someday, make people happy with my cooking! One day owning my own restaurant would be amazing, or writing a cookbook, or hosting my own cooking show! ideas and I can’t make up my mind – but I know I’ll be in the food.”
Eddie says there are hundreds of local restaurants he likes to visit around Hull and East Yorkshire. However, its strengths are the pig and the whistle, as well as the pipe and the glass for very special occasions.
The MasterChef semi-finals take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8pm on BBC One and the series is available to catch up on iPlayer.