The knockout week of Masterchef 2019 is already proving a tough challenge for this year’s contestants.
Episode 15 (Wednesday, March 13th) saw half of the contestants have their first cook ‘n’ clean in a professional kitchen.
On top of that, they faced a market challenge with none other than Michel Roux Jr (of Masterchef: The Professionals) to please as a guest judge.
Episode 16 (Thursday, March 14th) will see the other half complete this challenge and will feature fan-favourite Delia-Marie Asser.
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Who is Masterchef’s Delia Asser?
Delia-Maria Asser is a 28-year-old police officer, originally from Basildon, Essex.
She now lives in Kent with her police officer hubby, Christopher.
Delia’s mother is Spanish and so she would travel to Spain every year to visit family. This has inspired lots of her dishes on Masterchef so far.
Remember her twist on a Spanish Crema Catalana?
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BOOOOOMMMM they said!! 💥💥💥💥 • lemon posset • pistachio brittle • basil syrup-macerated strawberries • borage flowers 🍋🍓🍃 Who could've eaten this today in the beautiful sunshine? #masterchefuk #masterchef #cooking #foodporn #lemon #foodfoodfood #lemonposset #basilstrawberries #summerdessert #summer #postredeverano #twistoncremacatalana #cremacatalana #essexgirl #thecryingspaniard #cookingcopper #comidacomidita #edibleflowers #instafood #foodblogger
She is a lover of languages and travel
Delia has definitely had an enviable travel past!
She studied Arabic, Spanish, Catalan and French at Durham University and then used her language skills to travel the world.
Delia lived in Morocco for a year, visited Palestine as a teenager and worked with refugees in Bethlehem.
These travel influences are clear in her cooking.
Delia is a cooking sensation
Her Instagram @deliamariafood shows off all of her culinary creations.
She also updates her Twitter account with all of her Masterchef news! Her Twitter handle is @AsserDelia.
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⚠️⚠️⚠️NOTE TO SELF! When making millefeuille, use a heavy enough baking tray over your pastry so it doesn't rise like mine and result in clumsy, chunky layers 😂😂😂 i'll forgive myself though coz it was my 1st time and it tasted 👌 •••• • orange curd sauce and cinnamon pastry millefeuille • chantilly cream • candied and toasted pistachios • orange zest • cinnamon sugar 🇫🇷🇲🇦🍊🍽 • #masterchefuk #masterchef2019 #masterchef #essexgirl #thecryingspaniard #cookingcopper #comidacomidita #cocinar #instafood #foodblogger #foodlife #pastry #millefeuille #moroccanflavours #sweettooth #dessertalways #orangeandcinnamon #almaghreb #lmakla #fusion
She is a total gym bunny
Delia and her partner are completely gym obsessed.
From Christopher’s Instagram, @saint_bowser, we can see he’s also a bodybuilder and personal trainer.
He seems to completely dote upon Delia and often uploads cute photos of them.
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