Olivia Burt, whose family lives near Much Dewchurch, has made it into the final three of MasterChef: The Professionals with a dish inspired by Herefordshire.

Featuring Hereford beef and asparagus from the Wye Valley, Olivia’s dish was declared ‘sensational’ by Marcus Wareing, and saw her sail through to the last three in the competition.

Olivia, who left school at 18, having decided she wanted a career in cooking, is currently sous chef at Claridges in London, where she has worked for the past four and a bit years.

As well as being the last woman in the BBC Two competition, Olivia, who was 23 at the time of MasterChef filming, was also the only female chef to make the finals of the Roux Scholarship earlier this year.

Having started a course with Le Cordon Bleu in London, Olivia moved to Paris to finish the course and then took her CV to Joel Robuchon on the Champs Elysees where she worked for just under a year, before heading back to London via a bit of travel and private cheffing.

On Thursday, Olivia will go head to head with Exose Grant Lopo-Ndinga and Stu Deele in the final, each of them cooking three courses before one of them is crowned this year’s champion.

MasterChef: The Professionals, the final is on BBC Two on Thursday at 8pm.