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DEL­GANY RES­I­DENT MADE THE FI­NAL SIX

Bray People - - NEWS -

Char­lie Daym made the fi­nal six of Masterchef be­fore be­ing shown the door and who has been liv­ing in Del­gany for the past six years

DEL­GANY RES­I­DENT Char­lie Day saw his Masterchef dream dashed last week when he was elim­i­nated from the com­pe­ti­tion.

Char­lie failed to im­press judges Dy­lan McGrath and Nick Mu­nier with his take on a fine din­ing fish and shell­fish meal.

Char­lie took a risk and pre­sented a cold seafood plat­ter serv­ing the oys­ter with­out any sauce. Al­though Nick said the dish had some lovely flavours it left Dy­lan cold who said it wasn’t fine din­ing and failed to men­tion the cook­ing.

Orig­i­nally from Dublin, Char­lie has lived in Del­gany for the past six years with his wife Sinead and two chil­dren. His pro­fes­sional back­ground lies in the mo­tor in­dus­try, hav­ing worked in the fam­ily busi­ness un­til it folded three years ago.

‘I came out of that with noth­ing,’ he says of the ex­pe­ri­ence. ‘ So I needed to make a change.’ It was then he turned to his long stand­ing in­ter­est in cook­ing de­cid­ing to hone his skills with a course at Bal­ly­maloe Cook­ery School. The back-to-work scheme pro­vided him with the means to start his own busi­ness from home, and so Char­lie be­gan bak­ing breads, cakes and pas­tries which he sold at farmer’s mar­kets. It was this new job - less time-con­sum­ing than his pre­vi­ous po­si­tion - which al­lowed him the time to par­take in MasterChef.

‘It’s the type of thing that I’d al­ways wanted to give a go but never got the op­por­tu­nity,’ he says of his de­ci­sion to par­take in the show.

‘So I de­cided to put in an ap­pli­ca­tion on the very last day [for ap­pli­ca­tions]. I didn’t ex­pect to hear any­thing back but got called for the first au­di­tion in late July.’

For this, Char­lie was charged with pre­par­ing a cold dish for pre­sen­ta­tion, and he duly obliged with spe­cially made rhubarb meal. Once again, he was sur­prised to be called for a sec­ond, more rig­or­ous au­di­tion which in­volved pre­par­ing a hot dish un­der time con­straints sim­i­lar to the ac­tual show. Yet again, he de­liv­ered the goods in the form of a scal­lop pancetta and pea puree. This pleased the pal­ettes of the judges, who then for­mally in­vited him to par­take in the show.

‘It felt amaz­ing - I couldn’t be­lieve it,’ he says. ‘ I was with my fam­ily at the time in Spain when I got the call. We were all to­gether and it was re­ally nice.’

Char­lie pro­gressed through the com­pe­ti­tion and was one of the fi­nal six con­tes­tants. Fol­low­ing his elim­i­na­tion Char­lie said: ‘ I am proud of my achieve­ment, but it doesn’t take away from the dis­ap­point­ment. I am gut­ted to be go­ing home.’

He said the whole ex­pe­ri­ence of Masterchef has been hugely pos­i­tive. ‘I re­ally en­joyed it - I feel I’ve picked up an aw­ful lot and met some amaz­ing people.’

Look­ing back, he is glad that he de­cided to take the leap into cook­ery and leave the mo­tor in­dus­try be­hind, opin­ing that money isn’t ev­ery­thing when it comes to hav­ing ca­reer sat­is­fac­tion.

‘I felt that I needed to to­tally change what in­dus­try I was in­volved in,’ he says. ‘I wanted to get in­volved in food. Un­til then it had just been a hobby - some­thing to help me re­lax.

‘It made sense for me to be­come self-em­ployed again, and the most real­is­tic way of do­ing that was to try to make stuff at home that I could sell. It fell into place that way.

‘I’m lov­ing it [the culi­nary in­dus­try]. We have far less money than we used to have, but I get far more en­joy­ment out of what I do now and our fam­ily life is much, much bet­ter. Ev­ery­thing with my life I’m hap­pier with now.’

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