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Celebrity MasterChef contestant Amar Latif, who’s blind, has been dubbed the ‘best thing that’s ever happened to the show’ by viewers thanks to his can-do attitude.
The cheery Scottish presenter, 45, left viewers ‘in awe’ of his skills in the studio kitchen as he chopped vegetables with a sharp-looking knife and managed to carry a huge bowl of curry to a serving station in the latest episode.
Latif’s blossoming friendship with fellow contestant Gethin Jones, who’s been helping to guide him around the kitchen, has also left those watching the cooking show at home cooing at their ‘bromance’.
Thursday night’s episode saw entrepreneur and motivational speaker Latif, the programme’s first ever blind contestant, showing off his mantra of ‘say yes to everything’. He previously told producers he doesn’t want ‘challenges where the goalposts were different, because what would be the point in that?’
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Positive: Amar Latif, Celebrity Masterchef’s first ever blind contestant, has wowed viewers with his ‘say yes to everything’ approach – showing off his kitchen skills and winning a place in the final four
The latest episode of the cookery show saw Amir carefully chopping vegetables with a sharp knife
Bromance: Fellow competitor Gethin Jones helps Amar place a boiling hot bowl of curry at a serving station
Amar joked ‘I hope I don’t spill this!’ as he prepared to serve his mum’s recipe curry to engineers at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire
The first Challenge saw Amar team up with Gethin to cook their version of judge John Torode’s apple charlotte with ginger butter and custard.
The duo had to try and cook an identical-looking dish purely by communicating about what they were doing through a wall dividing their kitchen space.
John Torode and fellow judge Gregg Wallace were impressed with Latif’s efforts, telling him: ‘Your custard is fantastic, it’s sweet and creamy and packed with vanilla.’
Later Amar joked: ‘I hope I don’t spill this!’ as he prepared to serve his mum’s recipe curry to 100 engineers at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire.
On social media, Latif’s positive approach to life garnered huge praise from viewers.
@Mhysa23 wrote: ‘What an inspiration Amar is! There is no excuse for people not getting out there and learning to cook, he puts a lot of us to shame! What a guy and a great sense of humour.’
@ChrissyBags added: ‘I’m in so much awe of Amar on #celebritymasterchef what an inspiration.’
Amar and Gethin were charged with making an apple charlotte to John Torode’s recipe, with Amar’s dish, right, winning big praise from judge Gregg Wallace
Gethin offered verbal instruction to help his friend and fellow competitor safely deliver the curry he’d made
Almost there: Amar’s spicy dish makes it to the service station
@x__em wrote: ‘Amar Latif cooking on #CelebrityMasterchef is an absolute stellar performance. I am absolutely flawed by his talent and ability, what an inspiration.’
@Chrisy_Saunders penned: ‘Amar is the one facing the most challenges but is the most cheerful, enjoying it and seems to smash every task.’
In a recent interview with the Mail on Sunday, the 45-year-old explained how he has refused to let his blindness stop him doing any number of terrifying things.
He has skied down black runs in the Alps, single-handedly sailed a yacht across the Ionian Sea and dodged crocodiles, snakes and sharks on a hair-raising journey across Nicaragua.
Many viewers watching at home said Amar’s smiley approach to life was impressive
He’s also set up his own successful international travel company. ‘My motto is basically to say yes to everything,’ he told the newspaper.
‘I didn’t want to do a challenge where the goalposts were different, because what would be the point in that?
‘As a blind person, I find a lot of people constantly tell you that you can’t do things — I hope that this shows that, with a bit of single-mindedness and some creativity, anything is possible.’
Celebrity MasterChef continues tonight, 8pm on BBC One and is available to catch up on BBC iPlayer