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Lowestoft MasterChef fan makes final

PUBLISHED: 09:01 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:33 05 July 2010

IN THE FINAL: Chris Gates who has got to the final stages of MasterChef.

IN THE FINAL: Chris Gates who has got to the final stages of MasterChef.

AN ambitious amateur chef from Halesworth has made it through to the final three in the television cooking competition MasterChef.

Viewers will have last night seen Chris Gates reach the final of the BBC2 contest.

AN ambitious amateur chef from Halesworth has made it through to the final three in the television cooking competition MasterChef.

Viewers will have last night seen Chris Gates reach the final of the BBC2 contest.

Chris, 25, who is a long-time fan of the show, works at Lowestoft's Jobcentre Plus as a customer service adviser.

Next week, which is the final week of the programme, will see Chris battle it out with his remaining two rivals during a stamina-sapping set of challenges.

It starts with an 18-hour day, cooking in the Highlands of Scotland for 30 soldiers before producing a three-course meal for the regiment's top brass.

The contestants then fly back to London to cater for 450 people at Buckingham Palace as part of their bid to be crowned MasterChef 2009.

The week concludes with the ultimate test - travelling to cook at three of Europe's finest Michelin- starred restaurants in France, Spain and Denmark, before a last effort on Thursday to come up with a final three-course meal in front of judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

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