Boy from the bush cooks up a storm on Masterchef

Former Toowoomba Grammar School student Lynton Tapp is one of the favourite contestants on this year's Masterchef.
Former Toowoomba Grammar School student Lynton Tapp is one of the favourite contestants on this year's Masterchef. Contributed

HE might be known for his good looks but former Toowoomba Grammar School student Lynton Tapp is pretty handy in the kitchen too.

The Northern Territory stockman, who boarded here throughout high school, has firmly cemented his place as a viewer favourite on this year's Masterchef.

Three weeks in and so far the boy from the bush has whipped up a delectable duck dish and some kid-favourite cheesy fish sticks.

"At the beginning my nerves were ridiculous," Lynton said.

"Everyone made fun of me; I'd go white, my pupils would dilate and I wouldn't be able to talk to anyone for two hours.

"I came in here as one of the least experienced so I've surprised myself with what I do know with my short experience with food."

The desire to cook was fuelled for Lynton following a year in America where he cooked for his sister Emily, who became a paraplegic after falling off her horse.

During her rehabilitation, Lynton cooked three meals a day for her.

"It definitely fuelled my desire to continue with cooking and develop my passion. When you're cooking custom made meals three times a day; you're either going to hate it or love it," he said.

Following the show, Lynton said he hoped to eventually open his own restaurant up north serving some of the lesser-seen meats on menus such as camel, crocodile and buffalo.

"People find it a bit amusing to eat that stuff but I would love to make it mainstream," he said.

"I'm definitely going to strive to continue in the industry."

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