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.
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!”