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Teenage carer turns Young MasterChef contestant

A young carer who has been working at a Nottinghamshire retirement village during his gap year is competing in this year’s Young MasterChef competition.

Staff and residents where he works are backing the 19-year-old in the hope he will lift the trophy.

14 other contestants took part – all aged between 18 and 25. Nottingham local Myles Ahuja won his first heat on January 3rd against four other competitors, whilst facing a challenge to create their personality on a plate within 90 minutes, Myles found himself through to the next round.

Myles who had undiagnosed dyslexia throughout secondary school is no stranger to a challenge nor pushing himself, and will be going to the University of Nottingham to study Veterinary Medicine in March with a goal to become a TV vet. Myles has been spending his gap year as a part-time personal support worker at ExtraCare’s Lark Hill Retirement Village.

Myles is delighted to feature on the show, he said: “One thing I can promise the judges is that I will work harder than any other contestant in this competition.”

Myles is popular at the retirement village with Lark Hill resident, 85-year-old Ann Dunks, commenting: “I think he could win – I hope he does anyway. Even if he doesn’t he’s our winner. He’s ever so cheerful, he’s very nice. He helps people a lot.”

Myles will be commencing to the next round tonight, Monday 9th January at 8pm on BBC Three.