Winning MasterChef was a truly cathartic moment for me. Suddenly my lifelong passion for food, its preparation and its cooking were allowed to come to the forefront of my existence, rather than remaining no more than a hobby or pastime. The win confirmed that I could change the way in which I earn a living and in doing so also change my way of life.
The programme took me on an incredible journey where I got to meet and work under some the world’s finest chefs. A journey during which I learnt that, above all else, there is a vast chasm between the enthusiastic amateur and the professional chef. At the age of sixty it is too late for me to start at the bottom. What I can do though is to write about my experiences, not only of appearing in a televised competition, but also of a lifetime’s enjoyment in the kitchen and to share with you my belief in the endless possibilities that food holds for enriching the quality of our lives.