Second TV showdown for former Trafford College trainee

Second TV showdown for former Trafford College trainee

A former Trafford College trainee chef is making his second appearance on our television screens this year as one of the few up-and-coming culinary artists to be offered a place on MasterChef: The Professionals.

Exose Grant Lopo-Ndinga studied a professional chef NVQ in the training kitchens of Trafford College’s award-winning Aspire restaurant from 2015 to 2016.

The 22-year-old starred in Bake Off: The Professionals earlier this year with fellow student Sanjam Nagpal, who is now working at London’s prestigious The Dorchester hotel.

Exose from Chorlton said: “I’m so happy I applied to MasterChef: The Professionals. I love new perspectives on my cooking and have been looking forward to seeing it on air. In this competition, I am on my own, so coming up with all the dishes and ideas was such an exciting challenge!”

In BBC Two’s MasterChef: The Professionals, six chefs battle it out in each episode under the watchful gaze of Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing and renowned chef Monica Galetti as well as seasoned presenter Gregg Wallace, through a series of challenges, including timed skills tests and impromptu cookery initiatives.

“MasterChef: The Professionals is a great opportunity to apply the larder skills of fish and meat prep as well as the pastry skills I’ve learned at College and push beyond these. Luckily at Trafford College I got experience of induction cookers like the ones they use on MasterChef: The Professionals. Although I will wish I’ve got tutors whispering in my ears, this competition will give me independence, and help me find out what kind of chef I can be.”

As well as working at James Martin’s Manchester Casino Restaurant, Exose also runs his own business Granted Cakes, which specialises in birthdays and weddings.

Watch Exose in MasterChef: The Professionals on BBC Two, or catch up on BBCiplayer.