A MasterChef NZ Coffee Moment


I am sure if you asked any MasterChef NZ 2013 contestant what drove them mad about me, they would all mention at the top of their list – SHE IS OBSESSED WITH COFFEE.  I had no idea how much I carried on about not being given access to coffee until I started to note other … Continue reading A MasterChef NZ Coffee Moment

Kelly’s Journey on the Plate


I received an email from TVNZ requesting that I turn up at the Langham Hotel in Auckland to meet with all the contestants for a briefing prior to the commencement of the MasterChef NZ Season 4 auditions.  I hastily read the note in a state of excitement and headed into town on the required day … Continue reading Kelly’s Journey on the Plate

Dear Paula, Kelly and Aaron……………….


Dear Paula, Kelly and Aaron Today I leave one reality to return to another.  The drive takes 20 minutes and in that time I reflect on all those things I will miss – one way or another………….. the house dog sharing a room with Ella Ella’s eclectic playlist an awesome kitchen for playing with recipes … Continue reading Dear Paula, Kelly and Aaron……………….

Separation from our children the hardest thing to bear on MasterChefNZ


“Mothers are all slightly insane,” says ― J.D. Salinger in The Catcher in the Rye…..and Paula, Kelly and I certainly had many many conversations around our sanity at being on MasterchefNZ and having to leave our children behind to follow our dream. Read all about it in this week’s NZ Women’s Weekly magazine article – out just in time … Continue reading Separation from our children the hardest thing to bear on MasterChefNZ

Once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always. (The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams)


            The late Margaret Thatcher once proclaimed: To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best. Sadly, I was not aware of this valuable quote until recently and have gone about my life very much expressing myself freely and … Continue reading Once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always. (The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams)

Blog – The Journey – Episode 8


When I enter the kitchen I can smell fish.  I wonder if there is a tank concealed under that blanket.  Perhaps we will need to net a catch and cook up a seafood dish?  But no – instead it is an identification test – fish naming – oh dear – not a personal forte. I … Continue reading Blog – The Journey – Episode 8

Masterchef NZ – Episode 6


We are told it’s a ‘Chef after hours’ game.  For me, this cries dodgy – I don’t know why I that’s my instant thought, but surely, after hours of sweating it out in the kitchen, a Chef gets kind of crazy after hours? But no, actually it’s about getting back in the kitchen and cooking … Continue reading Masterchef NZ – Episode 6

10th March Epsiode 5 Master Chef NZ


Its a stunning morning at our mansion in paradise, yet there are somber faces as we all take a moment to prepare for whatever may be in store at the Master Chef kitchen.  One thing’s for sure – the glorious weather will be enjoyed by others, whilst we are cooking under pressure in the purpose … Continue reading 10th March Epsiode 5 Master Chef NZ