Fans have shared their disappointment after Cornish chef Jude Kereama lost the course by one point.
Dozens of viewers took to Twitter to share their opinion that Jude was “robbed” in tonight’s episode, which saw Roberta Hall-McCarron win the fish round of the finals.
Judge Matthew Fort said Roberta had “just nudged ahead in the final furlong” and will now be cooking the fish course at the four-course banquet for special events and prominent guests.
Jude was given a nine by Zoe Laughlin, nine by Oliver Peyton and tens by both Rachel Khoo and Matthew Fort.
Roberta received three tens by Zoe, Oliver and Matthew, and a nine from Rachel.
One fan of Jude said her seven-year-old daughter had “gone to bed crying” because Jude lost the fish course.
“7yo daughter has gone to bed crying because she wanted our Cornish chef Jude to win the fish course,” Sarah tweeted.
“I’m just as gutted as her.”
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Kirsty said she thought Jude “had that in the bag”, but praised Roberta.
“Oh Jude I thought you had that in the bag,” she said.
“Jude was clearly robbed,” another added.
Fans are now hoping that Jude will secure a spot in the other two courses left to play for.
One viewer said: “Ohh nooo Jude.
“Gutted I really wanted him to get through. Please let him get one of his other dishes through this week.”
Let us know what you thought of tonight’s show in the comments.
Who is Jude Kereama?
Jude, who is half Maori, half Chinese Malay, is from New Zealand.
He was visiting the UK when he met his late wife Jane in London. He had no intentions of staying but after three months he met Jane and never left.
She was running an Italian restaurant in Fulham at the time and Jude has never forgotten the first time he visited: “She came and greeted me and my friends.
“I just watched this beautiful woman running up and down the tables all night, being bossy to all her waiting staff but in such a nice, kind manner. I knew from that moment she was the one for me.”
The couple visited Jane’s mum in north Cornwall and soon fell in love with the county, knowing it was where they wanted to open their own restaurant.
They put in a bid for a restaurant in Padstow but were pipped by a higher offer… by a then-unknown Paul Ainsworth.
They then looked at a place in Widemouth Bay. “But I didn’t want to be known as Jude from Bude,” joked the chef.
The couple established their business in Porthleven.
They were among the main organisers of Porthleven Food Festival, which regularly attracts up to 30,000 people.
Paying tribute to Jane, who passed away in 2019, Jude previously said she was the “driving force, brains and charm” of the couple’s popular restaurants.
Jane died aged 46 after battling cancer.
It was Jane who first pushed a reluctant Jude into taking part in Great British Menu.
On Friday, Jude won the South West competition. Fans were cheering him on, and he won viewers’ hearts when he gave a heartfelt tribute to his late wife.
After the announcement, a visibly shocked Jude congratulated his opponent and said: “That’s a real, real shock. I am speechless.
“This is my fourth time in the competition. I am still in shock. Absolutely thrilled. Just brilliant.
“I want to scream to the world right now. It’s unbelievable. This hasn’t been an easy year or so. There’s one person I want to do it for – and she’d be so proud.”