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MasterChef: Who is Victor Okunowo? Meet the Professionals heat 2 chef on Instagram!

Victor Okunowo showcased his cooking skills in the second heat of MasterChef: The Professionals. So who is he? Meet him on Instagram!

As the BBC series starts to get underway, over 30 chefs are put to the ultimate test as they go through a skills test.

This is before they can give judges a taste of their own dishes, all in the first heat – and Victor impressed Gregg, Monica and Marcus in heat 2!

So who is Victor Okunowo? Let’s meet the Professionals chef on Instagram!

Masterchef: The Professionals S13 – The Chefs Generics (No. The Chefs Generics) – Picture Shows: Victor – (C) Shine TV – Photographer: Production. Picture: BBC

Meet Victor Okunowo

Victor Okunowo is head chef at pan-African-style restaurant Talking Drum London and offers private dining bookings.

The 25-year-old spends most of his time in London, and occasionally does Victor’s Tapas Tasting videos on his Instagram.

The Masterchef contestant also took part in a cooking competition at Hotel Olympia, London, when he was in college – and took home a bronze medal.

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Victor on MasterChef: The Professionals

Victor is asked to make sweetbreads with a red wine sauce in 20 minutes.

Once Victor has completed the task, Gregg Wallace tastes it and says: “I’m not longer tasting this, chef, I’m just eating it.”

Then onto Victor’s own dishes – he makes a rack of lamb, a lamb tagine faggot, and Israeli couscous, with macadamia nuts and courgette balls, courgette puree and asparagus, and spiced harissa jus.

Judge Marcus Wareing tells him the lamb is “beautifully cooked” and says he loves the couscous, among other compliments.

For dessert, Victor makes a mascarpone mousse with a rhubarb and strawberry jelly – which he didn’t complete. He missed the vanilla cracker, wild strawberry sorbet and pickled strawberries. But he still impressed!

Victor was chosen to be put through to the next round of the competition.

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Victor Okunowo on Instagram

Victor, who has over 2,000 followers on the social media platform, regularly shares his picture-perfect dishes, such as roast cod, crayfish and squid.

When announcing his appearance on MasterChef: The Professionals, Victor says he is “extremely proud”. He’s even got a hashtag called #ChefVictor!



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Celine is a journalist with over five years of experience in the media industry and the chief staff writer on Reality Titbit. After graduating with a degree in Multimedia Journalism she became a radio newsreader and reporter, before moving into her current role as a reality TV writer.