Stoke-on-Trent business leaders show off cooking skills with MasterChef’s Ranvir Singh

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Stoke-on-Trent industry leaders ditched their desks and joined MasterChef’s Ranvir Singh to test out their cooking skills.

The event took place at Stoke-on-Trent College, where 12 local businessmen and women used a multi-station teaching kitchen to take part in a competition to make the best Indian meal.

Ranvir Singh, a 2015 MasterChef semi-finalist, said: “It was only going on BBC’s MasterChef I got into the semi-finals and really saw that maybe I could do something with cookery.”

The event was set up by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, an organisation that helps Staffordshire businesses to start and grow.

contestants preparing their indian starter

Brian Maclagan, events co-ordinator for Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce,  said: “I met Ranvir as part of the ongoing management I have and we just chatted about this event and thought it would be quite cool to do.”

The contestants prepared a spicy Indian fish croquette starter and a chicken curry main meal over the two-hour competition.

Stoke-on-Trent College restaurant and operations manager Jane Lovatt said: “It is always a pleasure to host events like this.”

Kathleen Harris, 47, from Market Drayton, a consultant in the science and pharmaceutical industry, said: “We received an offer to come as we are part of the Chamber of Commerce and it sounded like a fun night.

“We’ve been trying very hard not to burn ourselves and catch on fire!”

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