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

Friday, 27 July 2007

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!


Erica said...

And....how did it go?
Hannah, I completely recognize what you are saying but am sure that you did really well. You are so passionate about your food and love it so much, and have had so many adventures whilst on Masterchef, I am sure you were a big success!?

Have a lovely weekend, Erica

Hannah said...

Thanks for your message Eric - it went well! I am sooooo relieved and can now look forward to the weekend. I am cooking a big afternoon tea tomorrow and Steven is coming to visit!
You have a good weekend too!


Hannah said...

Sorry for the typo - should have said Erica! Sorry

Marie said...

Happy to hear it went well Hannah! I knew that it would! HOpe the tea goes well also! Will look forward to seeing some pictures after! Dare we hope???

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to leave a little note that I love your blog. Have you ever seen Mary Janes farm? I think you would love it. I admire your talend and eye for beauty. I didn't know that samplers were still a current hobby or skill. I have always loved looking at them.


Erica said...

Well done Hannah!! I am so pleased for you that it went really well! Hopefully you are having a lovely weekend. Yum and hope your big afternoon tea was lovely and you had a wonderful time. Hope Steven is doing very well (which I am sure he is!) too. It is nice that you are keeping in touch.

PS don't worry about calling me Eric, you wouldn't believe how many people type or say Eric when they mean Erica! One or two of my friends have even taken to calling me Eric as a result! ;-)