A Sheffield entrepeneur will hit our screens tomorrow, after winning a place on this year’s MasterChef.
Sports scientist Chris Hale, who runs an altitude training company in the city, is currently featured in the television trailer for the popular BBC One cooking show, which is judged by chef John Torode and greengrocer Gregg Wallace.
The father-of-two is engaged to Sheffield journalist Sophie Mei, a semi-finalist on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2008, who revealed Chris used his skills in the kitchen to woo her early on in their relationship.
Sophie said: “Chris has always loved cooking and when we started dating, we’d go to the supermarket and I’d pick random ingredients and challenge him to make a meal out of them.
“He is completely self-taught but was brought up surrounded by baking.”
Chris, aged 29, claims his love of cooking was sparked by his mother, who runs her own catering and baking company HomeFoods.
Sophie, who met Chris at Greens Gym in Sheffield, says her fiance regularly shops at farmer’s markets for fresh ingredients as well as local greengrocers.
“He is happiest when he’s cooking, which is great for our daughters and I,” said Sophie.
“Although I can’t try everything as I’m a vegan so he’s often a very frustrated chef.
“We always used to watch MasterChef together. And I’d sit there going ‘you could do that.’ He’s so talented and creative when it comes to cooking, so I kept sending him the link to apply. We’re all so excited and proud that he made it through the auditions and onto the show. He loves to talk too so I’ve always said he should be on TV.
“I’d love him to see him become Jamie Oliver’s northern replacement. We’ll all be watching with bated breath on Wednesday.”
Follow Chris’ progress on twitter @AllHaleChris using the hashtag #MasterChefUK