So last night I had little choice but to perch on the sofa and watch behind a cushion as the new series of Celebrity MasterChef began! Yes, it’s is back and I was asked to be part of the show – admittedly I was hesitant at first, but with a little persuasion from my better half, I agreed to do it. Now, working as a television presenter for many years is one thing, but for anyone to put their culinary skills (or lack of them) out there for the nation to see is another. I don’t know many people who blatantly say they are a great cook and with John Torode and Gregg Wallace breathing down your neck, it’s tougher than you think. Also, there’s a big difference between preparing a dinner to feed your brood when you don’t necessarily have to think about presentation and producing a refined plate of food for critics and judges. Hence, I was a little nervous watching the show last night. I love cooking for the family and especially like making desserts and cakes….in my own kitchen. Once you walk into the MasterChef environment, you are hit with lights, cameras and eyes everywhere. Then there’s the fact you don’t have your own oven, utensils or the familiarity of knowing where everything is.

Anyway, less of the excuses I hear you say but it’s true! Then there’s the other added pressure of knowing my husband, Michael was a finalist on the show back in 2012. For years I’ve had him bragging on about this fact, and rightly so, but not when I’m in the kitchen and he’s constantly telling me to add more seasoning, keep it in the oven longer or suggesting alternative meals! However, I’ve learned to curb my tongue and let him get on with it – always best I find. He did well and all I can do is my best too. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has been so supportive and are wishing me success on the show; it really means a lot.