Do you ever have days when you wish you had said "no" when someone asked you to do something. This lunchtime I am speaking to the Rotary Club about my Masterchef experience - how I wish that a little voice had reminded me that I really don't like public speaking when I said yes! Doing cookery demonstrations is a lot easier as you have something to talk about and people are distracted by what you are cooking! So how to fill 30 minutes with anecdotes about the programme....the tasks that were filmed but not shown (Ritz Paris, Classic recipe tests for profiteroles and also chicken liver pate and fruit chutney - I was in my element making chutney)....the fact that there was no running water in the studio...the camera and sound guys having forks in their pockets so that they could dive into the food as soon as filming had stopped....meeting Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern! Keep your fingers crossed for me that I don't run out of things to say after 5 minutes!
Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx