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Millwall fan Barnard looking for MasterChef: The Professionals success

23 December 2015

Scott grateful for support from fellow Lions

Millwall supporter Scott Barnard is in the running to be crowned MasterChef: The Professionals champion on BBC2 this week.

Scott, 33, is one of a quartet of finalists who will battle it out this evening at 8.30pm for a place in Thursday's season-ending show, when the overall winner will be crowned.

The Lions fan, whose full-time job is at The Grove Hotel, was born in Guy's Hospital and his Mum and Dad are from New Cross and Bermondsey respectively.

"I was lucky enough to experience The 'old' Den in the early 1990s, which was when I first started going to watch Millwall," said Scott, speaking exclusively to

"It's tough coming along that often these days because I work every week from Tuesday through to Saturday, but hopefully I'll be getting to the game against Port Vale in January.

"Neil Harris is doing fantastic, which we all knew he would as soon as he was given the job. We knew he would get the best out of the players, as well as bringing through some of the youth players, which he has managed to achieve.

Discussing his rise to prominence on the popular BBC programme, Scott, who can count Lions striker Steve Morison on his list of fans, added: "It's been a pretty crazy time. I've done quite well and have got to the final week, which has been a great experience for me.

"As soon as you walk through those kitchen doors the pressure builds right up on you! You just forget how to cook.

"The first time I was there I was shaking so much, and though it didn't look that bad on camera I was really, really nervous."

Scott has been boosted by the backing of fellow Lions fans, however, who have been sending him messages of support on social networking site Twitter.

"Millwall fans look after each other and the support I've had means a lot," he said.

"I've been getting a lot of tweets and that gives you a big boost to kick on and do as well as you can because you want to keep cooking to the best of your ability.

"Now I've got all the fans behind me I need to make sure I'm impressing them!"

See how Scott get on at 8.30pm on BBC2 tonight.

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