HUNGRY crews training at the Fire Service College in Moreton featured in an episode of the BBC programme MasterChef.

A team of six amateur cooks were sent to the town’s largest employer last November where they had to cook lunch for 200 firefighters in a mass catering challenge after the crews had completed a morning of high-pressure training. The programme, which aired on Thursday, April, 18, saw the six chefs divided into two teams and cook two different main courses and desserts before being judged by hosts John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Jez Smith, managing director at the Fire Service College, said: “There was a tremendous buzz at the college on the day of filming.

“The staff pulled out all the stops to make sure the event ran without a hitch, so the only thing the contestants had to worry about was delivering a tasty, filling menu to the 200 firefighters.”

Natalie Coleman, a parttime DJ from Hackney, was crowned the overall winner in last Thursday’s final, beating 50 other contestants including fellow finalists Dale Williams and Larkin Cen. She impressed the judges with lobster tails, roast pork belly and vanilla chocolate pannacotta.