Chris Hale’s felt the heat of the kitchen in front of millions of television viewers.
And even trended on Twitter with his creative choice of first dish which he served up to Master Chef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
But now Mr Hale is looking to turn up the pressure after securing a place in the popular BBC One television show’s quarter-finals.
Mr Hale, 29, from Sandal, Wakefield, produced the most talked about dish of the first episode by serving up his Indian Sushi fusion.
The former Kettlethorpe High School pupil said: “It was very stressful trying to produce a dish with so many elements within the one hour time frame.
“John Torode and Gregg Wallace were unsure how Indian Sushi would go down so I was obviously really nervous.”But the quick-witted judges calmed Mr Hale’s fears.
Mr Torode said it was “ace” and he’s not the only one who thought that, as the idea of Indian Sushi trended on social networking site Twitter.
Mr Hale said: “It was a big risk, but I love being creative and Indian Sushi just works well. I love my concept of Sushi fusion. Gregg thinks it’ll be a new trend that takes off. So watch this space.”
The entrepreneur, who runs his own altitude training company, wowed the judging panel with his theatrical dessert of chocolate soil, banana ice-cream, tempered chocolate with a warm caramel sauce.
The tasty treat secured the self-taught chef a place in the quarter-finals. So far his journey has seen Mr Hale beat hundreds in the audition process to be in the last 24 of the popular BBC One cooking show.