TROON'S Sagar Massey is ready to take on the final challenge of his Masterchef journey tonight.

The chef, who works out of The Rabbit restaurant at Troon's Marine Hotel, delighted the BBC's judges in the quarter finals and semi finals of the hit TV cooking show.

And though tonight's final is the first thing on his mind, Sagar is also looking forward to life after the show.

He said: "I’m working at The Rabbit restaurant at the Marine Hotel, Troon and enjoying cooking more of my own food and in my style.

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"Soon, I’d like to host a few pop-ups around the UK to share my food, showcasing my heritage.

"But one day, I’d like to own my own fine dining restaurant serving Indian-inspired dishes using Scottish produce.

"If I can, I’d love to open a restaurant in India too.

“For me, MasterChef: The Professionals is the biggest culinary challenge I could take on. It’s the top competition in the UK.

"I’ve watched the programme for years and I’ve seen how successful previous contestants have become and I wanted to experience this competition for myself.

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"I wanted to test my skill level as well and get feedback on my cooking style from the culinary masters – the judges. It was so challenging at the offset.

"The hardest moment for me was the skills test – so nerve-wracking.

"In the semi finals, I gave myself too much to do, which was stressful, but thankfully I managed to complete everything in time.

"I’m very excited and feel proud of myself for getting this far. It’s a dream come true to be part of the competition and to get to the finals is amazing.

"I can’t wait to cook for the chefs and share my own style, inspiration and heritage in my dishes.”