Tristan stands the heat in a contest kitchen
A BOSTON man came runner-up in a national cookery competition.
Tristan Kirk, 40, took the spot in the Kenwood Disaster Chef Competition after competing in the finals which marked the end of a nationwide search to find the most hopeless cooks in the nation and turn their culinary skills around.
The live final saw the six chefs deemed the nation's worst go head-to-head.
The three judges, including singer and celebrity Masterchef winner Liz McClarnon, watched as they created three courses at the Kenwood Academy's Havant headquarters.
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Despite his best efforts to take the title, including detailing his progress on a blog over the course of his three month journey, Tristan was pipped to the post by 30-year-old mum of one, Nikki Holmes in the final.
He said: "I'm delighted to have been able to take part in Kenwood's Disaster Chef competition.
"Even though I would have loved to take the title, I couldn't be happier with the transformation of my skills in the kitchen. I have confidence I never had before and can't wait to show off everything I've learned to my family and friends."
Tristan, a married father of two, had a previously notorious reputation in the kitchen which included serving meatloaf that was still raw in the middle and a self-proclaimed speciality of Yorkshire pudding filled with instant noodles.
Despite a couple of kitchen hiccups, from covering his laptop with flour during week one's task and completely forgetting to season his vegetarian pizza in week three, he has won over even the harshest of critics – his two children Charlotte, 6, and Elliott, 4.
Each runner up took home a Kenwood Chef worth £599.99, as well as a trophy to remind them of their experience.
To read Tristan's blog visit kenwoodworld.com/disasterchef