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
Monday, 7 December 2009
It is so long since I last posted that you must be wondering if I ever made it back from Birmingham. I did but a work trip to Germany and a really bad cold have kept me away from my computer. The Good Food Show was amazing fun. The demos went well - I had a moment when I was trying to roll my roulade from the paper onto a serving plate when a little voice in my head said "remind me again why you are demonstrating a roulade when they always crack" but luck was on my side and it turned out beautifully. There was a strong breeze across the stage and every time I sifted icing sugar there was a large plume of white dust - the same with the edible glitter - but I am sure it all added to the effect! I had a whole two pages in the show brochure with my recipes for Toblerone Tiramisu, Chestnut Roulade and Coconut Cream Cloud Cake which were my demonstration recipes along with tropical mincemeat. After my demonstrations I then appeared on the Masterchef stage, mentoring the invention test which members of the public were taking part in. I found a new level of appreciate for John and Gregg as we were served quite a few plates of raw chicken to taste - uuuggggghhh! But overall the standard was really good and it brought back so many fun memories of the show. I was working with Thomasina Myers and Nadia Sawalha but of whom were lovely and a real inspiration. At the end of day two I found myself in a Masterclass making trifle sharing a bench with (and competing against) Derek Johnstone who won professional Masterchef last year and is now working at La Gavroche (my custard was definitely the best!) .