Tommy Pham, 31
My mum shows me love through her food, whenever she comes over she literally fills my fridge with enough food and ingredients to last a month! We're both massive food fiends and spend most of our time together talking about food and recipes.
Definitely! The crazy thing is mum doesn't need a recipe to recreate a dish! She literally tastes something and says "I think it has fish flakes, sugar, nuts and they probably steam it first before frying it" and she'll go home give it a go and 90% of the time she'll get it right.
She's so proud of me, she really wants me to just be the best version of myself and she thinks I have what it takes to win it! She probably has more faith in me than I do.
Kishwar Chowdhury, 38
Absolutely! My mother is from Kolkata and grew up in different places including Jakarta, Karachi and Burma.
My mum was initially hesitant for me to come onto MasterChef. Like me, my mum is quite shy and going onto MasterChef would mean opening yourself up in a very public space.
I've told my mum this before....it's me cooking in here, but I carry everything she's taught me in this kitchen.
Justin Narayan, 27
Mum and I are super close, our family has been through a lot so growing up there would be many late nights chats, tears and laughs.
My fondest memories will always be around Christmas or any big family gathering.
It would just prove to myself that I'm a better cook than I thought I was, and owning a restaurant could become a reality. For my mum it would mean that I could maybe pay her back for draining her bank account growing up.