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The knives are out as three chefs from Wales vie to impress Michael Smith with their starters. Returning rivals, former finalist Adam Bannister and Phil Carmichael, are joined by newcomer Andrew Birch. Adam puts his own spin on a Welsh broth he calls ‘On Cawl’ in a nod to the NHS.

Phil fuses British and Asian flavours in his quail and lentil dish, An Indian Love Affair, while Andrew opts for a British staple, cauliflower cheese.

‘To me this is just a side dish,’ remarks Phil of the potted florets, but that’s only part of the bantering mild rivalry. Continues tomorrow with fish dishes…