Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 19 April 2015

Kennedy wins Celebrity MasterChef

Emma Kennedy has won Celebrity MasterChef 2012
Emma Kennedy has won Celebrity MasterChef 2012

Emma Kennedy was simmering with excitement after being named the winner of Celebrity MasterChef.

The 45-year-old writer and actress beat fellow finalists TV host Michael Underwood and former footballer Danny Mills after a six-week competition in which she showed her culinary prowess.

Over the course of the series judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace have had contestants catering for the cast and crew of BBC1's New Tricks, cooking a three-course meal at historic Bletchley Park and Michelin standard meal for four of the best chefs in the country.

Emma said: "This is the first trophy I've ever won and what a trophy to win; there's been blood, sweat and burns that have gone into this. It ranks up there in one of the all time life achievements - wow, wow, wow.

"My mother is going to scream for about three months without stopping - we're probably going to have to sedate her."

Her winning menu for John and Greg was - a starter of pea, mint and ricotta ravioli with pancetta butter and pea shoots; a main course of pan fried turbot topped with samphire with vegetable filled leek cannelloni, crushed roast potatoes and a beurre blanc sauce; and a dessert of Ile Flottante - poached meringue in creme anglaise with almond praline topping and short bread biscuits.

John said: "Emma has propelled herself to absolute greatness through sheer tenacity - the skill, the touch, the finesse, the flavours!"

And Greg added: "Emma is producing dishes now that are as good as many professionals - she is unbelievable."

Emma praised the programme for bringing out her abilities. She said: "One of the greatest acts of love anyone can do is cook for the people they care about.

"MasterChef has given me skills for life and for that alone I owe John and Gregg my eternal thanks."

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