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Former Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Solomon Taiwo makes a return — on MasterChef!

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 March 2017

Former Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Solomon Taiwo was a contestant on this year's MasterChef (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Former Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Solomon Taiwo was a contestant on this year's MasterChef (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Ex-Daggers star a surprise contestant on this year’s series of the cookery competition

Former Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Solomon Taiwo made a surprise return to the spotlight last night — as a contestant on the latest series of MasterChef.

The ex-Dagger signed for the Essex club in 2007 from Sutton United before departing for Cardiff City two years later for a fee believed to be £250,000.

From there, though, Taiwo’s career petered out, with the 31-year-old now turning out for National League South strugglers Bishop’s Stortford.

The Nigerian was introduced on Masterchef as a ‘retired professional footballer and football coach’.

In the first round, where contestants had to choose ingredients from a purpose-built market in the Masterchef studio, Taiwo opted to make chicken and pasta with garlic toast.

However, his dish was not to the liking of judges John Torode and Greg Wallace, who eliminated Taiwo, along with two other contestants, after the first round.

It’s not the first time a former Daggers loanee has appeared on television, with former loanee Tom Kilbey later starring in The Only Way Is Essex.


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