A mother from Sutton managed to reach the quarter finals in the latest series of BBC One’s Master Chef before being voted off by the judges.

Hundreds of contestants

37-year-old Rani Pathare, optical assistant at the Banstead Specsavers store, applied to take part in the popular show last October and was chosen from hundreds of contestants following lengthy interviews and cooking demonstrations.

Passionate about cooking

Originally from Mumbai, Rani has worked at the Specsavers store for just over a year and when she’s not helping customers choose new glasses, she’s in the kitchen cooking for her family and friends.

Rani says: ‘Cooking is my absolute passion. I not only take pleasure in creating different dishes, but I love watching my family and friends enjoy the fruits of my labour.’

Hard work but rewarding

‘I’m a huge fan of cooking programmes but when I decided to apply to Master Chef I never thought for a second that I would get as far as I did. It was really hard work and very stressful but I loved every minute of it.’

Spice angel

While appearing on the show Rani demonstrated her cooking skills with a range of dishes including her signature dishes – a vegetable balti and three flavoured rice with a lamb cutlet. The judges were extremely complimentary and called her a spice angel.

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