A local man has made it through to the semi finals of BBC Two show MasterChef: The Professionals.
Tom Morrell is the son of Sue Rice of the Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home at North Somercotes.
She is thrilled and proud that Tom has made it so far in the competition.
Tom trained at Grimsby College and has worked at the Manor Hotel near Bath. He is currently working in Geneva, cooking for the directors of Rolex.
Sue said: “I always told him, ‘Go for it.’ He’s just got such a drive for it. I’m real proud of him.”
The show sees chefs put through their paces under the expert gaze of double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr, chef Monica Galetti and MasterChef’s seasoned diner and presenter Gregg Wallace.
Tom made it through to the semi finals by cooking a two course menu for three of the UK’s toughest restaurant critics: Charles Campion, Tracey MacLeod and Jay Rayner, in only an hour and a quarter.
Tom cooked them parsley crusted halibut, crushed celeriac, morels and wilted lettuce and elderflower panna cotta with textures of strawberries.
He will next appear in the show on Monday December 2 alongside the other seven best chefs from the series.
Only the best eight chefs remain in the competition and after four weeks of gruelling tests set to prove their technique and flair, they now face one challenge: to impress Gregg Wallace.
The next challenge is to serve up one show-stopping dish to impress veteran diner Gregg Wallace.
After tasting, Gregg will decide which two chefs will leave the competition.