They say you should always start the way you want to continue. So, with Chinese New Year 2023 on Hearst Street, Dan Lee revealed to fans the coveted MasterChef: The Professionals trophy he won in December 2021.
During the series, Birmingham-born Dan revealed he was “quarter English, quarter Irish and half Cantonese”. And it is his Chinese genes that are actively jumping when the countdown to the Lunar New Year begins. The event is now being renamed to reflect the growing diversity across the city.
Happy to take photos with fans who like to take selfies, MasterChef Champion Dan Talk to BirminghamLive At the start of our Facebook Live Reporting of events. You can also catch him in our standalone video interview above.
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Asked how heavy the trophy weighed, Dan said: “There’s some weight behind it – it’s definitely on my shoulders! But I’m still ecstatic to have had the experience.
“Being part of this Chinese New Year because my name is known alongside Cantonese and Asian food is fantastic.”
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Dan said: “I don’t want to say too much right now but I’m really happy that MasterChef is coming to Birmingham. All MasterChef productions will start in 2024, young MasterChefs, amateurs, professionals, celebrity MasterChefs, Christmas Special offer…
“It’s a great move for Birmingham. It’s a great move for MasterChef, if you ask me.
“I’ve done more pop-ups this year, but with longer residency. So you might see me at my semi-permanent residence in Birmingham this summer, which will be announced soon.
Talking about his formative years, Dan added: “I grew up in Birmingham with a Chinese background and I used to come to these events when I was younger. I’m a bit shocked to be a part of it now. For me, Chinese New Year is about bringing everyone together. together.
“There was a big stage behind me with a huge poster and I was face up – don’t know how I feel about that! – but just to be here and see so many different cultures involved, it was amazing Bravo.
“I’m not here to cook today. Somehow I’ve gotten rid of it and it’s always nice to have a little rest.
“But, when it comes to food, I’m here to talk to people, to share recipes, to chat about good food.”
“Year of the Rabbit” doesn’t put rabbits in greater danger, Dan said. “Rabbits are safe right now, unless you like rabbits. It’s more focused on what rabbits mean every year. But this year I won’t have rabbits on my menu, at least that’s what I can say.”
Dan was born in 1992, and he says he is a “Year of the Monkey” baby. Could it be a “brazen monkey”?
“Yes,” he said. “Cheeky. Always.”