Chad hoping to curry favour with Masterchef judges

PUBLISHED: 18:30 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

Masterchef hopeful Chad Rahman

Masterchef hopeful Chad Rahman

LIGHTS, camera and action are on the menu for a curry chef from St Albans who has auditioned for a TV cookery show and is now awaiting the result. Chad Rahman, chef director at the Chez Mumtaj restaurant in London Road, has been selected as a potential co

LIGHTS, camera and action are on the menu for a curry chef from St Albans who has auditioned for a TV cookery show and is now awaiting the result.

Chad Rahman, chef director at the Chez Mumtaj restaurant in London Road, has been selected as a potential competitor in BBC Two's Masterchef: The Professionals and travelled to London this week for his first screen test.

Mr Rahman, aged 41, applied for the show after seeing an advert in The Restaurant magazine and prepared three starters, three main courses and three desserts for the show, all of which had to be of Michelin-star quality.

Mr Rahman, who has won many culinary awards including National Curry Chef of the Year in 2002, opened his Modern French-Asian restaurant 10 months ago and said that his chosen Masterchef dishes - including a signature dish of pan-fried monk fish flavoured with nutmeg - reflected his unique style of haute cuisine.

Said Mr Rahman, who lives in Jersey Farm with his wife Cherry and one-year-old son Zac: "I have a very eclectic taste in food, drawing inspiration from the years I spent training in America, the tastes of my mother's Asian food, and the dishes my father created at his Mumtaj restaurant in London Road, which he set up 25 years ago when we first moved to St Albans. Hopefully my innovative food will impress the Masterchef board."

Masterchef: The Professionals will air in Spring and it is the second series of the programme. If Mr Rahman is chosen as one of the competitors, he will be up against some of the best professional chefs in the country and his food will be judged by chef Michael Roux Jnr and vegetable expert Greg Wallace, a dessert enthusiast whom Mr Rahman said he wanted to impress with his Indian-style rice pudding.

Mr Rahman, whose favourite meal is his wife's coriander-style chicken curry, said his delicate balancing of flavours might be enough to take him through to the next round of auditions and added: "Although presentation is important, great food is really all about flavour. Not seasoning my fresh produce by just the right amount is sacrilegious to me and I'm very excited about the prospect of sharing my food on Masterchef.

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