A Sussex chef has made it through to the next stage of Masterchef: The Professionals after wowing judges with her cooking.

Rosie Furnival, 34, reached the quarter finals of the competition after featuring in the second episode of the competition on Tuesday.

Roise, who owns The Fig in Rye, impressed the judges with her roast chicken dish which helped see her through to the next stage.

Speaking at the beginning of the show, she said: “It’s hard being a chef but so rewarding. I want to know how I rate compared to other people.”

Despite struggling with the show’s skills test, a spiced monkfish dish set by Michelin star chef Marcus Wareing, Rosie went on to impress with her roast chicken dish.

Her signature dish consisted of the chicken on a bed of cauliflower and feta puree and served with spiced and pickled cauliflower florets and a chickpea and preserved lemon salad.


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Chef Marcus Wareing told Rosie that the flavours in her dish were “really delicious” while judge Monica Galletti added: “You really understand the flavours you are putting on your plate.”

Complimenting Rosie’s dessert, a set cardamon yoghurt with pickled rhubarb and an orange and rose-flavoured filo pastry, judge Gregg Wallace called the dish like “baklava dipped in yoghurt”.

Reacting to making it through to the next round, Rosie said: “I feel amazing I’m just overwhelmed, I’m so pleased.

“It feels absolutely amazing for all of the judges to say that the flavours were great.”

Rosie also said that the show had been filmed on her birthday so it was a “great birthday present” to have got through.

Rosie will now progress to the quarter-finals as she bids to be crowned the 2023 champion of Masterchef: The Professionals.

She has owned The Fig on the High Street in Rye since 2015.

The Fig in Rye features a range of Brunch, lunch and dinner dishes with focuses on “fresh, vibrant and healthy food”.