A SCHOOLGIRL chef has just missed out on being crowned this year’s Junior Masterchef.
Twelve-year-old Hajrah Mehboob had made if through to the final-four in the BBC cookery series.
During a gruelling two weeks, the Solihull youngster cooked lunch for Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, on the set of the sci-fi series.
And, as a personal highlight, she dished up a meal for boy band JLS - who then treated her and her fellow contestants to an impromptu concert.
Last Friday, the finalists had to produce their best three-course meal for Masterchef judges Nadia Sawalha and John Torode.
Restaurateur John heaped praised on the 12-year-old’s recipes.
“What is extraordinary about Hajrah, is few people in the world are able to take food from different countries and put them together on one plate and make it work. Hajrah has that gift.”
After a tense cook-off, Georgia Bradford, from Essex, lifted the famous trophy.
Hajrah, who started cooking at just three-years-old, described her time on the show as a “really good experience”.
During the competition she rustled up complex cuisine like lamb kofta curry, and chilli and lime chicken.
The pupil from King Edward VI High School, in Edgbaston, is still deciding what she wants to do for a career.
“I’d like to do something related to food or creativity of some kind,” she said. “I would love to write my own cookery book. I have started getting my recipes together, so watch this space!”