This year, Jasmin Ayling takes on MasterChef cooking and competing through a variety of heats, quarter finals and knockouts until the ultimate winner is crowned. Gregg Wallace and John Torode judge the dishes being served – with all the action, tantrums, successes and burning disasters caught on camera. The winner goes away with a trophy and the prestige of being The MasterChef of the series.
Jasmin lives in London and works in marketing for Wagamama, shes always worked in the food industry as she simply loves food! A huge fan of the show she used to think “I wish i could take part” but on her 30th birthday she knew it was her year to take part and apply.
We spoke to Chef Jasmin to find out more about her experience on the BBC1 show…
What was the reason in taking part in MasterChef?
I’ve been a huge fan of the show for years and used to think “”I wish I could take part”, but last year, I was turning 30 and thought this is the year. I can and I will take part, so I applied.
Is there a way to handle the criticism from the judges?
The judges have so much experience so when they critique food, you have to take it as constructive feedback and there’s always things you can learn from comments. It’s hard though, as your put everything into cooking on the show.
What is the atmosphere like in the kitchen cooking alongside other chefs?
The kitchen is HOT and intense. There’s a lot of energy in that room.
What is your approach to the imagination and creation of your dishes?
I’d describe my food as bold and packed with flavour. On the show I celebrated Indonesian food and recipes that have been passed down generations. I’ve added a European twist to presentation, some ingredients and cooking techniques.
What was your greatest accomplishment during your time on MasterChef?
I think getting on the show was a huge achievement in itself. It’s a pretty intense process and I’m proud I plucked up the courage to apply in the first place. Other than that i’m proud I pulled off my invention test dish and making 6 elements in 70 minutes.
Has there been downsides?
Downsides are that I wanted to stay on the show much longer but I would recommend applying to anyone who has a real passion for cooking.