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Dhruv wins MasterChef 2010, the BBC amateur cooking competition

Dhruv Baker, a former director of a media firm, has won MasterChef 2010, the BBC amateur cooking competition.

Cooking had

always been a passion of Dhruv and a lot of his friends inspired him to enter the

competi-

tion. He went for it for sheer self affirmation. He wanted to see if he was really good enough.

He now reflects

cooking for the living legend chef Alain Ducasse and his protégés at the Dorchester was amazing. Among them were Hélène Darroze, Tom Kitchin, Claude Bosi and Alexis Gauthier, some of the most recognised chefs in the world with 29 Michelin stars between them. Also visiting the three- Michelin-starred De Librije in Holland was an exhiliarating experience for Dhruv. Johnnie Boer is a fantastic chef and Dhruv learnt much from being in his kitchen.

But Dhruv admits the hardest part was the challenge in India where they had to cook for 120 schoolchildren as well as for a Maharaja. Cooking in such big volume in really tough conditions, from a very basic kitchen and in such incredible heat was just crazy. But the film crew there was very pro- fessional and never overly intrusive. After a while you forget they are even there.

Dhruv has huge respect for Darroze and her style of cook- ing. She takes high-end classic dishes and combines them with spices that wouldn’t normally be associated. He also admires Atul Kochhar a great deal - he’s a wizard when it comes to using spices.

Dhruv wants to get between three and six months experience in a professional kitchen. There’s a huge difference between being a good home cook and cooking in a restaurant. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56
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