So, we’re at the end of week two in the Celebrity Masterchef kitchen and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I decided against the previous series – for some reason the fact that it was relegated to BBC1 lunchtime really put me off. Having said that, 18:30 isn’t much better and I ‘series record’ it but, y’know, I couldn’t be arsed. Seeing snippets of it on Saturday Kitchen each week has convinced me that I made the right choice.
Anyway, back to the here and now. Week one, I’d say my stand out was Javine and week two definitely Emma. I love Emma Kennedy, I want to be her friend. I feel she is the CMC version of me. As we are introduced to her, she conveys the giddy excitement that would take hold of any MC fan should they get that telephone call. I imagine it would go a little bit like this:
Agent: Hi Emma. So, the BBC got in touch and we discussed the possibility of you taking part in this years Celebrity Masterchef. You’re a big fan, right? Are you free for the next few weeks?
Agent: … I’ll take that as a ‘yes’ then.
If I were to receive a similar call and end up in the famous MC kitchen, it would not be taken lightly had I replicated Emma’s joy at being there. “Fanny, I get the distinct impression you’re not taking this seriously enough” would be John’s comment as I grin “But I am! I’m just so excited to be here, I love you guys!”
Having been billed as a MC aficionado Emma made, as Gregg would say, a school boy error. The final task of the week was the critics round – two courses for previous CMC contestants to sample. It seems that Lisa Faulkner might get to attend all of these, lucky girl. Or maybe not.
Emma’s menu was duck breast with a beans/bacon combo and liquor followed by rhubarb fool with biscuits. Ms Kennedy confessed to never having cooked duck breast before. “But you’ve made loads of biscuits, right?” asked Greg. “NO! NEVER!” was the reply. Uh-oh. Her tweet during the broadcast stated:
If you ever go on Masterchef Never EVER EVER cook anything you’ve never done before. Just NEVER
WEEEEE KNOOOOOOW! *facepalm*
As mentioned in a previous post, potential contestants are given fair warning. By now you should know:
- how to make pasta and pastry
- never cook something in front of a celebrated chef and a fruit and veg man if you’ve never cooked it before
Sadly, the duck was over done and not properly rested but the beans were a hit and the pudding delightful. It was enough to join Leila, Jamie and Javine in the next round.
So, I’ve started to compile a mental list of dishes I would cook should my day in the MC kitchen ever arrive. There are a couple of things while not ‘out there’, I don’t think I’ve seen done before but I’ve also taken note from Masterchef Australia. There was a round where the cooks had free rein of the larder to create a two course menu. The look of horror as they looked on at tables full of tinned vegetables and fruit along with frozen products was fabulous. Have John and Gregg ever given the UK contestants a similar task? I’m thinking not. I would love to see the look of horror on their faces as I go wild with a tin opener and attempt a fiiiine diiiining menu.