Archives for December, 2012

Masterchef: Afterthoughts

Now that I have had time to reflect, how did I find the whole Masterchef experience? Most people ask me would I do it again, and the answer is most definitely Yes. If I could sum up what I learned most from the experience it would be:

Believe in yourself. Cook from the heart. Open your mind to new things. Take advice on board. Don’t let people knock you. Follow your dream.

I got to learn from some of the best in the world such as Nathan Outlaw, Mickael Viljanen and Andy McFadden, I visited some fantastic places like the Aran Islands, Kilkenny, London and Stockholm and most importantly, I made great friends. I got to work with fantastic ingredients and cooked for several Michelin starred chefs. Read more →

Masterchef Final

And so it ends for me. I had an unbelievable time on #rtemc and really appreciate all the messages of support I received. While I’m disappointed, I’m not surprised that I did not win. But what an amazing experience I had. I’m happy with what I cooked last night considering it was the first time I attempted the dishes. Hard to believe that none of us had any chance to practice those dishes.

I’m going to use my website and my Facebook page to continue my love affair with food. My plan is to take a break over the Christmas period and then look at what opportunities are out there. While I might not work in a top end kitchen, my ambition is to be involved in the food business in one way or another. I’m open to offers!! Read more →

Episode 10: Cooking for the Critics

I’m still taking in the fact that I am in the #rtemc Masterchef Final. Thanks for all the messages of support. Sorry if I don’t get back to everyone, it has been a bit mad! In particular it is great to hear from so many friends from my school days, whether they are in Castlebar or America.

After last week’s episode, I was going into this challenge on a high note. We finally got our masterclass from Dylan. It is easy to see how he got his Michelin star and I could see that he was in his element showing us how to cook to that standard. I got the Foie Gras poached in Sauternes dish. Read more →