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Masterchef's Oisin McConville admits to ostrich recipe foul-up

By Brett Campbell

GAA legend Oisin McConville is about to cause a stir in the Celebrity Masterchef Ireland kitchen, after admitting that he's a complete novice when it comes to cooking.

The All-Ireland winner and former All Star told how he has had to quickly get to grips with handling pots and pans because he only started cooking a few weeks ago.

He also confessed that he was every bit as fearful of the cookery lexicon as he was of the culinary tool kit ahead of his appearance as a contestant in the TV3 show at 10pm tonight.

"The learning curve has been so steep for me because I'm coming from a very low standard," he said.

"Some of the terms I wouldn't have a clue about.

"There were words that really scared me before I came in here, but it turns out they're just custard, ice-cream and spuds."

The former Crossmaglen Rangers player and manager talked about one incident in particular that has stood out for him.

"I had an absolute disaster cooking ostrich. I'd never poached anything before. I saw Daniel Clifford poaching a chicken on YouTube and I thought 'I'll poach this'. So I wrapped it in white pudding and cheese and I cling-filmed it and forgot about it. It ended up overdone.

"We had a pigeon too. I would've tried it, only I couldn't get my head around how I would cook that thing."

The 41 year-old, who is one of 10 contestants, described his stint on the show as life-changing, and said it has enabled him to introduce simple changes, making food at home much more enjoyable.

The ex-Armagh footballer added: "It's been a brilliant experience."

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