READING talent is being shown to the nation as local woman Sandy Tang made it to the final of popular BBC cooking competition MasterChef last night (April 16).

Gifted cook Sandy, 24, found out in last night's episode that she was among the three finalists battling it out to be crowned the winner in tonight's 7.30pm episode.

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After weeks of intense competition, Sandy, along with David Rickett and Thomas Frake, have made it to the final of the prestigious cooking show, seeing off competition from dozens of other chefs.

Friday's winner will get their hands on the coveted MasterChef trophy.

Thursday's programme saw four contestants whittled down to three, with the hopefuls mentored by the world famous pastry chef Albert Adria.

Each finalist was tasked with meticulously recreating two of Adria's creations for a Chef's Table of world class pastry experts.

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They were then required to create another dish for MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Claire fell at the final hurdle - leaving David, Sandy and Thomas to progress to the final.

Sandy is the youngest of the finalists, and works as a technology consultant.

She said: "I'm so grateful that I've been able to experience the journey in full. I've really developed as a cook and as a person from the time I started the competition.

"It's helped really bring forward my real passion in life and MasterChef will profoundly influence my choices for the future."

The MasterChef final airs on BBC One on Friday at 7.30pm.