Who is MasterChef 2019's Delia? Meet the police officer finalist from Essex

27 March 2019, 15:31 | Updated: 27 March 2019, 15:52

MasterChef Delia
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By Tom Eames

Delia-Maria Asser has reached the finals of the 15th series of MasterChef UK.

The 28-year-old food fan has impressed judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with her inspiring cooking, and she has reached the final four alongside Jilly, Geoff and Irini.

Here are all the important facts about the talented officer:

  1. Who is Delia-Maria Asser?

    Delia is a 28-year-old police officer, from Basildon, Essex, and now living in Kent with her boyfriend Christopher, who is also a police officer.

    She was born to an English father and Spanish mother. She was raised speaking fluent Spanish, and she also studied French and German.

    She went to Durham University, specialising in Arabic, Spanish, Catalan and French.

    Delia also lived in Morocco for a year studying Arabic.

  2. When did Delia start cooking?

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    Delia started cooking at a young age, learning from her mother.

    "I watched MasterChef for the best part of my teenage and adult years and always ALWAYS said I would apply one day," she told Nurtured in Norfolk.

    "I applied a couple of years ago and got a call back about it but was unable to do it because of work commitments."