There’s a Masterchef contestant at Yannon Towers – I was lucky enough to be a quarter finalist in the 2010 series of the hugely popular BBC show. From over 17,000 applicants, I made it through to the initial stages with 129 other people. That number was then whittled down to 17. I’m proud to say I was knocked out by the eventual winner, Dhruv Baker (http://www.dhruvbaker.com/index.html), who was a worthy champion. I actually phoned my husband on the first day of filming after having met Dhruv and said ‘i’m with the winner here, I don’t think I stand a chance’!
I travelled to London for numerous days of filming, each time having to come up with weird and wonderful dishes to impress the judges, John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Each dish had to show off my personality and most importantly, my ability to cook and construct a well balanced dish. Here’s an idea of some of my dishes:
Seared scallops on samphire and spinach puree with a passion fruit vinaigrette
Chocolate truffle and hazelnut mousse with orange and poppy seed tuilles
Sashimi tuna with a lemongrass pesto cooking broth
Thai chicken parcels with a honey, soy and sesame sauce
All the dishes went down really well, especially the scallops. Both Gregg and John were worried about the combination of flavours with this one but I got the following comments, so it can’t have been too bad:
Gregg: “I’m really excited by her cooking”
John: “her food is crisp, individual, interesting and elegant – it’s the best fusion food I’ve had in a long time”
Such positive feedback! Sadly, I was knocked out before the semi-finals, my downfall was a fried pork chop.. a fried pork chop!! Who fries pork chops?! I always grill them, so I had a bit of an issue with that one, Gregg said it was “almost perfect” but not quite, and I think perfection was what they were looking for and it was certainly what Dhruv was producing that day.
Nevertheless, it was an amazing experience, one that i’ll never forget. I got jobs out of it and even ended up writing for my local paper as their food critic!
So if you would like your stay at Yannon Holiday to be extra special, why not ask me to cater for you. It can be a 5 course gourmet extravaganza or just a simple family meal, all you have to do is ask (prices on request)