"I've always had my heart set on MasterChef: The Professionals," says Exose, who is our Chef of the Year 2019, having won the title at the Caesars Entertainment Chef and Bartender Awards.
"When I saw the advert for this series, I decided it was time to apply, and I was thrilled to be picked. It's an incredible experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Exose's interest in cooking was sparked at a young age by the alluring dishes his mum conjured up at their home in Chorlton. He went on to study food technology, hospitality and catering at Manchester Academy High School, and honed his talents at South Trafford College.
"I've always felt most at home in the kitchen," he says. "It's where I come alive. It's no surprise to my family that I ended up becoming a chef. Though they've been quite taken aback to see me appearing on the telly!"