MasterChef re­cruit runs out of steam

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - STU­ART GREER

AFORMER Mac­cles­field stu­dent now liv­ing Down Un­der has been elim­i­nated from MasterChef Aus­tralia.

Stephen Rooney, 31, pre­vi­ously im­pressed judges on the Aus­tralian show with his culi­nary cre­ations.

But he has nar­rowly missed out mak­ing it into the top 10 mean­ing he won’t win the $250,000 prize.

Stephen, a for­mer stu­dent of St Al­ban’s pri­mary school, All Hal­lows and Fal­li­b­roome Academy, used to work for Cheshire Build­ing So­ci­ety and the for­mer Wood­man pub in the town.

Af­ter trav­el­ling in South Amer­ica and work­ing in New Zealand, he and his long-term girl­friend Ge­orgina, who is from Poyn­ton, set­tled in Aus­tralia in 2008. Stephen quit his job as a re­cruit­ment spe­cial­ist to try and win MasterChef Aus­tralia af­ter be­ing en­cour­aged by Ge­orgina.

Speak­ing of his exit Stephen said: “I had a good run.

“All good things must come to an end un­for­tu­nately and it is my time to bow out of MasterChef Aus­tralia grace­fully.

“To be hon­est I got a lot fur­ther than I ini­tially ex­pected but still a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed not to have made it to the top 10.

“The judges are tough but fair and were al­ways very good to me. It was an in­tense and amaz­ing learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Stephen’s fi­nal show saw him at­tempt to recre­ate ac­claimed French chef Guil­laume Brahimi’s “Jewel of the Sea” dish.

The seafood dish, served in­side a hol­lowed out sea urchin, com­bines the rich flavours of the urchin, lob­ster, oys­ters, mus­sels and squid. A few days later he had the chance to come back into the com­pe­ti­tion in a head-to-head bat­tle with another am­a­teur chef in the com­pe­ti­tion, but nar­rowly lost out.

Dur­ing the show Stephen got to meet cook­ing idols He­ston Blu­men­thal and Marco Pierre White.

Since leav­ing, Stephen has worked along­side for­mer con­tes­tant Ava Strangher­lin do­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence at some top ho­tels.

Stephen got his pas­sion for food from mum An­gela and has been cook­ing since he was 16.

His go-to dishes in­clude Bri­tish, French and Ital­ian clas­sics.

Stephen, who vis­its friends in Mac­cles­field when he re­turns to the UK, now plans to achieve his dream: to cook for the Rolling Stones in his own res­tau­rant with a huge kitchen gar­den.

●» Stephen Rooney lost out on a top-10 fin­ish

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