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Shipdham doctor makes it to the Masterchef final

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:50 07 July 2010

Rob Garratt

A children's doctor from Norfolk cooked up a meal for Indian royalty as he battled it out in the final rounds of BBC1's MasterChef.

Paediatrician Tim Kinnaird has already earned himself a place in the final three amateur chefs after beating off competition from 130 contestants on the prestigious show, and now there are just two episodes left between him and the title Masterchef.

A children's doctor from Norfolk cooked up a meal for Indian royalty as he battled it out in the final rounds of BBC1's MasterChef.

Paediatrician Tim Kinnaird has already earned himself a place in the final three amateur chefs after beating off competition from 130 contestants on the prestigious show, and now there are just two episodes left between him and the title Masterchef.

Last night's episode, the 21st in the series, saw him battling extreme temperatures, intense pressure and intimidating surroundings after travelling 4,000 miles to the city of Jodhpur, in the north of India.

The first test saw Dr Kinnaird, 37, cook a traditional Indian breakfast of spiced cauliflower gobi paratha flatbreads, with a mint raita dip, for a troupe of 40 VIP guest in open air heat of 38C. Next for lunch he cooked butter chicken masala and a mutter pilau for 120 children at a local school.

The final task saw each contestant given four hours to cook one course each for royalty, the Maharajah and his family, at his hill top palace in Jodhpur.

Dr Kinnaird, from Shipdham, near Dereham, was tasked with the desert, and came up with green tea, cardamom and lemon delice with a cube of chocolate mousse and a stack of papaya and white chocolate, topped with a caramel shard, as well as a vegetarian option of roasted pineapple and a green tea sorbet shot.

Although the show was filmed in autumn, the results of the two remaining episodes remain a closely-guarded secret. Tonight's penultimate test will see the finalists take over a top London restaurant on a busy Friday night, while on Wednesday the winner will be named after they cook a three-course meal for hosts John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Dr Kinnaird lives with his wife Rachel, a GP in Dereham, and their two children Abi, eight, and five-year-old Noah.

After leaving his job with Norfolk Community Health Care at the end of February, he said success on the cooking show would allow him to decide where his cooking passion would lead.

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