Itching Up To Get In Your Kitch-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!
March 25, 2014
That Was The Food Week That Was!
Angela's Masterchef Adventure
June 26, 2014
It has been a few weeks since the Finals of the 2014 series of Masterchef UK - so I thought it was time to reflect upon the experience with a couple of blogs.
As many of you know, I have a business devising natural and organic skincare products for my wonderful customers, family and friends - but my other passion in life is cooking.
Growing up in my Mum and Dad's UK restaurants, I suppose watching them cook and being surrounded by amazing food stuck with me and today, there is nothing better than devising a new recipe or coming up with a new dish for my friends and family.
My Mum loved cooking too and as well as devouring cookery books, we loved cooking shows - whether it be shows like Ready Steady Cook, Saturday Kitchen and Sunday Brunch; or individual chefs - such as Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein and Keith Floyd.
But our favourite has always been Masterchef - and for the last ten years - and even back to the Lloyd Grossman days, I have had a dream to be on the show.
And so it was that in the Summer of 2013, my partner and fellow Marsala Rama Lee found that the applications were open for Masterchef 2014 and he suggested that I should go for it! My Mum really wanted me to go for it as well - the problem was that she really sick - and needed around the clock care - so as much as I wanted to do it, my Mum was the number one priority.
Sadly, my gorgeous mum lost her battle against cancer and passed away in September.
A couple of weeks later, a Sunday evening I think, Lee and I were sat at home, talking about my Mum and how we missed her; but also about how she loved life and how you have to go for it. We then remembered Masterchef and how she would have loved for me to apply - so we thought, why not!
The forms were filled out (I just made the deadline) and very comprehensive and challenging they were too - who my food heroes were (my Mum and Dad!), my favourite cuisine, my influences and so on. We hit 'send' and had a giggle, pretending to be on the show.
So when I got a call a few days later, asking if I would like to go through the interview process - I was a bit shocked to say the least!
The whole interview process was nerve racking - really tough questions about me, my life, my cooking influences, what I aspire to be and the like - but I was delighted to be invited to a final cook-off - for a place in the show proper!
So off to Bristol I went, armed with the components of a dish I hoped would wow the people interviewing me. The problem I had though was that I was the final interviewee, of a week of interviews - surely they must have been sick of all the food by then?
To cut a long interview short, I presented the dish I had created - Goose Liver Parfait with Celeriac and Apple - and not only did they eat it... they liked it... and they kept on eating it!
I left the venue happy I had done my best - but not entirely confident as you never know. They did eat most of it, but I wasn't sure if I was the right kind of person for them - so when I got a call the following week saying I had made the Heats - I was shocked, a little scared, but absolutely delighted.