Oxfordshire man in Masterchef finals

Masterchef finalist Jack Layer
Masterchef finalist Jack Layer

Jack Layer, who grew up just outside Banbury, has made it to the final stages of BBC’s Masterchef

Jack, 27, made it through to the finals on Friday April 29, where the six remaining contestants in the competition were tasked with cooking a fine dining dish to impress four of the country’s most feared restaurant critics: Charles Campion, Tracy MacLeod, Jay Rayner and William Sitwell.

Jack impressed the judges with his ‘guinea fowl in half-mourning’ dish, served with a truffled croquette, celeriac fondant, charred leeks, cavolo nero and a champagne sauce.

Jack grew up just outside Banbury and attended the Warriner School in Bloxham, he later attended Brighton University and moved to London in 2012.

Food critic Charles Campion described it as “work of the highest standards”.

Jack is the youngest of the five finalists and has so far dazzled judges with his cooking which has included a deconstructed coriander cheesecake that Gregg Wallace described as ‘breathtakingly brilliant.’

On reaching the finals, Jack said: “I feel ecstatic to have reached the finals and so relieved all the hard work’s paid off. It’s been an amazing journey so far and I can’t wait to see it through as far as I can.”

Masterchef finals can be seen this week on BBC1 on Wednesday at 9pm, Thursday at 8pm and Friday at 8.30pm.