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JB Gill: MasterChef was 'tough'

JB Gill has revealed his disappointment at missing out on the Celebrity MasterChef finals.

The former JLS singer, who failed to make it through to the last stages of the BBC cooking competition along with Millie Mackintosh, admitted it wasn't easy but it was a learning experience.

"I was a bit gutted to go out at the point that I did but I had a brilliant, brilliant time. It was really insightful and it was a good challenge for me," he said.

He continued: "It was quite tough. I think the standard especially this year has been very, very strong. But I loved it. It was a great process for me and it played on something I'm really passionate about (food)."

JB, who is expecting his first child with wife Chloe Tangney, hopes his offspring will be educated about the origins of their food. He is speaking out after Kellogg's research reveals that more than 1.8 million British children have never visited a farm.

"What people and children don't realise is that food doesn't come from a packet or a supermarket, it comes from a source," he explained.

"The best way to teach children is to have them in that environment. I hope my children will grow up in that environment. If they want to be farmers in future, brilliant, and if they don't, at least they have that knowledge about food."

The 27-year-old, who converted his home into a working farm, admitted getting to grips with farming has been challenging.

" I'm extremely hands on. It was difficult in the beginning but it's been a baptism of fire in learning and going through the experience," he said.

"I've got 24 pigs now and I started with one so it's grown quickly. I love my food and that's one of the reasons why I wanted to explore farming in general. It's a great lifestyle for my children to grow up in and me to be around, so I really enjoy it."


From Belfast Telegraph