Last week (Thursday 15 March), was the final of MasterChef UK 2012. Shelina Permalloo beat Andrew Kojima and Tom Rennolds to the title of MasterChef 2012. All were worthy winners, and all did some amazing cooking. But Shelina’s style and consistency throughout the whole competition, was inspiring, and means that she has an exciting future ahead of her.
MasterChef UK is a competition for amateurs, who never went down the route of cooking, but who find themselves with a strong passion for cooking, and who want to ultimately do something in the food industry. So, it is not just Shelina who has an exciting future in food, all of us who took part, if we want to, can use the opportunity. Many have already started, Jay Tinker (4th) is launching his new restaurant Tinkers in Southport at the end of March, Eammon Hunt (5th) is doing Pop Up Restaurants in Lincoln, Jonathon Dale (9th) is doing private dining parties in London, Aki Matsushima (6th) is doing Japanese cooking lessons. The list goes on…….So, what will I do?
My first priority, is to actually get well again. The filming for MasterChef UK happened between August and December of 2011. At the end of December, I was unfortunately involved in a serious car accident in France. I am extremely lucky to still be alive, and to have injuries that will, in time, heal. Therefore, since the show came on air on the BBC in January, I have been recuperating at my mum’s place in Brussels. I have learned to walk, dress, and cook by myself, all over again!
Unfortunately, doctors orders are that I cannot go into a professional cooking environment until at least September…. this means that I have a little bit longer to plan!
So while I am waiting on my body to recover, I have been reading lots of cookery books, trying out restaurants in Brussels, and learning to make Macaroons! Blogs to follow! 🙂
- Masterchef winner revealed (telegraph.co.uk)