MANY Farnworth Grammar School old boys and girls will be wondering if Masterchef finalist Geoff Warburton picked up his culinary skills in Mrs Naylor’s domestic science lesson.

Geoff, aged 56, who grew up in the borough had to recreate one of renowned chef Raymond Blanc's dishes tonight, having been mentored by him at his Oxfordshire restaurant Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons.

Unfortunately Geoff fell at the final hurdle leaving Irini, Jilly and Delia to compete in the final tomorrow.

Geoff, a Doctor of Psychology, cooked up with a five-course tasting menu for Sir Ranulph Fiennes at the Royal Society in London on Tuesday night.

His dessert of blackberry and Grappa choc-ice and a donut with blackberry jam, was described as a “work of art” and “just wonderful” and put him through the next round.

On Wednesday night he enjoyed a culinary adventure of a lifetime in Hong Kong.

This included mastering one of Hong Kong’s most ancient food traditions ­— dim sum.

Speaking on the show he said: “As a psychologist being in this competition is opposite to what I am used to ­— I’m the one vulnerable and taking the risk.”

His food has an Italian flavour, which is a winning taste with the two presenters.

“I like my food but I’m a home cook to get this feedback in this way is overwhelming in the best possible sense.”

Many of his former classmates have taken to Farnworth Grammar School Facebook page wishing him the best in the contest ­— with some wondering he developed his skills in Mrs Naylor’s cookery lessons.

The Masterchef final airs Friday at 8.30pm on BBC One.