And then there were five. You could almost taste the tension as those five chefs were about to face one of their last invention tests, before coming to the honour or terror of cooking for 25 of the country's finest chefs at a prestigious Chefs's Table.
Invention in this case meant - no meat, no poultry, and no fish. They had just an hour and fifteen minutes to impress the judges.
Sven's heritage carrots with a carrot and spelt risotto, were pronounced a triumph. As was Jamie's baby aubergine and quinoa.
It could be argued that Brian played it safe by going with a dessert. Never too much of the way of meat, fish or poultry in a dessert is there? But it allowed him to create a pineapple creation which all judges loved.
Sadly it was the end of the road for Darren whose giant ravioli was just too much for the judges to swallow.
A visibly upset Darren gave a moving closing interview. A favourite on Twitter, many tweeted equal upset about his departure from the contest.
The remaining four chefs each had to cook 26 portions of their course for 25 of the country's most lauded chefs. We watched culinary luminaries including Sat Bains, Alyn Williams, Anthony Demetre, Helene Darroze, David Everitt-Matthias, Clare Smyth and Claude Bosi make their way to London.