TALENTED David Coulson missed out on the Masterchef top prize but won a job in a top restaurant.
David, from Wingate, who was head chef at the Castle Eden Inn, missed out on the top spot in BBC 2’s Masterchef: The Professionals, but said he was delighted with the result in the end.
He was offered the chance to work with judge Michel Roux Junior at his two-star restaurant La Gavroche in London.
He said: “It’s a dream come true to work for Michel. I am going to make that step up and hopefully become a great chef myself.
“My ambition is to become a Michelin-starred chef and then come back to somewhere like Durham and set up my own place.
“Michel came up to all three of the finalists, before the result was announced, and said ‘I think you are all great. You are all welcome to come and work for me’.”
David said he was the only one of the three to take up the offer.
Speaking about the final, he said he felt his dishes were creative but he felt he had fluffed his dessert slightly.