St Andrews chef through to MasterChef semi-finals

Jamie Scott, of Rocca Restaurant, St Andrews, is through to the semi-finals of MasterChef: The Professionals.

Jamie Scott, of Rocca Restaurant, St Andrews, is through to the semi-finals of MasterChef: The Professionals.

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A St Andrews chef has reached the semi-final stage of hit cookery show MasterChef: The Professionals.

Jamie Scott, of Rocca Restaurant, made his debut on the BBC Two show on Wednesday before qualifying for the semi-finals of the contest last night.

The 27-year-old’s skills in the kitchen impressed judges Monica Galetti, Gregg Wallace and Marcus Wareing – who applauded him as “one to watch” – to make it to the next round.

Jamie said: “I was excited and nervous stepping into the kitchen for the first time and seeing the three judges was surreal.

“It didn’t help that I had to go to hospital earlier that day as I had tendonitis in my foot. Thankfully I was able to make it to the next round.”

On Wednesday’s heat show, the young chef cooked a turbot, chicken skin and asparagus in the Signature Dish Test.

He then showcased his butchery prowess in the Skills Test, preparing a pork belly in just ten minutes.

Finally, in the Invention Test, he cooked a stunning pigeon dish in just an hour and ten minutes.

Jamie, who has been at Rocca St Andrews for over three years, will make his next appearance on the show on Tuesday, December 2, at 8pm on BBC Two, when he fights for a place in the next stage of the competition.