Name: Dale Williams
Occupation: Company director of professional recruitment service
Having set up his own business aged 23, Dale wants to combine his business knowledge with his love of food. “I’m a professional person; 24 hours a day I’m growing a business and everything I do I take it seriously. Most things in my life work to a plan. I’ve always wanted to involve two things, and that’s business and food,” he says.
Viewers originally criticised Dale for his emotionless performance on the show, but that ended last week (“unfortunately”) when he welled-up after cooking a disappointing meal for Marcus Wareing. Dale defends his lack of emotion as determination: “In the early stages I wanted to make sure I didn’t bomb. If you get distracted than behind you something could be burning or you could chop your finger off. There is some gritty determination there.”