… And we’re BACK! Ah, back to the grindstone after a two week Olympic odyssey and what do I have waiting for me upon my return home? CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF!
Andy Hunt, Team GB’s chef de mission, told a story of a recent interview on American television. “So, Andy, what exactly do you cook for these hungry athletes?” “…”
Fittingly, our celebrity contestants include Olympians Rebecca Romero and swimmer Steve Parry. Romero won medals in rowing and track cycling becoming only the second woman in history to win medals in two different summer Olympic sports. There’s also Danny Mills for all you football lovers out there. There’s also a bit of Madge Bishop for all you Neighbours lovers, too.
The rooky chefs stormed out of their blocks with the surprise box featuring a gurnard! Now, many of our contestants are familiar to me in a culinary capacity. There has almost certainly been a Come Dine With Me appearance here or there. I’m sure ‘husband snatcher’ Javine has competed – she seems a pretty good cook but I think the dark horse early on is Jamie Theakstone. You always need a useless cook early on and I think this year it’s the aforementioned Parry, bless him. Upon being given a pasta machine to play with, he exlaimed “I’ve cooked pasta before but only out of a packet. I don’t see any packet!” This was after shocking Torode with his presentation of sliced rice and fish … mmmm.
Episode two gives us the ‘drama’ of cooking on an epic scale for students at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (sexy). Once again the head chef kicks some ass “I wouldn’t give that to my cat!” but they pulled it out of the bag and Javine and Steve’s chilli proved a hit giving one lady a ‘chilli con carne sniffle’. That’s good apparently.
Tomorrow’s third episode will provide the first elimination – will it be Steve or will our favourite Australian barmaid be in for a quick exit?