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How did Leicester GP BBC One MasterChef hopeful Dinta fare in her first episode?

WARNING – this article contains spoilers

Leicester’s MasterChef hopeful Dinta Thakkar has secured a quarter-final place in the BBC One competition. The GP wowed the judges with her flavours even if one of her dishes left a lot to be desired.




The Leicester-based GP, who grew up in Kenya, was among the latest batch of contestants aiming to wow John Torode and Gregg Wallace in the MasterChef kitchen on Thursday (April 18), with the home cook aiming to show her fusion food and love of strong flavours. From the off, she impressed with her Italian twist on the Gujarati dish of dal dhokli gaining much praise.

The dish, which comprised strips of dough boiled in dal before being served alongside stuffed ravioli and rice, was complimented on its flavours, but Gregg did voice some concerns. He told Dinta: “Your dal is lovely, smokiness in there, bitterness in there, but I’ve got two loads of carbs here. I’ve got the pasta feel, I’ve got the rice feel, so the texture is a little off for me.”

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Dinta was then made to cook off once more to keep her place in the competition in the ‘Thinking on Your Feet’ challenge. Here, the cooks were tasked with making a salad of their choosing, but it had to work alongside a handmade Caesar salad dressing.

Vegetarian Dinta ditched the regular anchovies from her dressing for capers and served her salad with spicy chickpeas and chillies which impressed judge John. He said: “That is powerful. I really like the smoky cayenne and the richness of the garlic with the chickpeas which is hot and strong. It’s tasty.”

Gregg was similarly full of praise. He said: “That’s a very good dressing, you’ve got real saltiness there. There’s a real acidity in there too. It’s lovely and the creamy texture is perfect.”

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