An Enfield man competing on BBC’s Masterchef has bowed out at the quarter-final stage.
Joe Davis, 34, a driving test centre manager from Enfield appearing on the BBC One programme on Thursday, April 17, and made it through the first round.
However it was not to be a Good Friday for Mr Davis as he crashed out on the following day, missing out on a Semi-Final place.
Joe first started the programme by making his signature dish, pan roasted fillet of cod with a cream sauce and mussels.
Renowned judges John Torode and Greg Wallace were initially sceptical of Joe’s first dish, claiming it needed “more depth” and that the mussels were “chewy and a bit salty.”
Not fazed by the first round of cooking, the second challenged asked contestants to chose a box containing sweet or savoury ingredients.
Joe was praised by the judges for his supreme of chicken, roasted funnel with tomatoes and shallots with a white bean puree; claiming it was better than his calling card dish.
The third and final challenge of the opening rounds saw former winners Dhruv Baker and Natalie Coleman judge the contestants dishes.
Joe opted for a simply fried Dover Sole with brown shrimp and chive butter sauce with saffron mash potato. Judge Greg Wallace joked with the Enfield man about his over use of butter in previous dishes.
The former winners were high in praise for Joe’s main course with Ms Coleman claiming it was “beautifully cooked.”
However, Joe’s desert of cranachan, Scottish eton mess, was branded as “heavy” by Dhruv Baker.
Despite a mixed bag of results, Joe was put through into the Quarter finals.
As the pressure ramped up a notch, competitors were faced with a taste test whereby they would create a dish from the ingredients they think are in the plate.
Joe’s plate was branded “too subtle” by John Torode but Greg Wallace said that he wasn’t “far off” in his dish.
Cooking for food critic Jay Rayner proved to be Joe’s final challenge in which he rustled up pork fillet with braised pigs cheek, a truffle of swede and carrot puree.
Unfortunately for Joe, the food critic for the Guardian was the cheek was “not cooked long enough” and did not sit well with him.
Ultimately this proved his downfall as he was voted out of the competition and in the final moments of the programme he said: “I was happy with the way I performed but it wasn’t meant to be.”