Friday 30 September 2016

Nadia Forde: 'Celebrity Masterchef was worse than being buried by rats in Australian jungle'

Geraldine Gittens

Published 01/09/2016 | 10:16

Masterchef contestant Nadia Forde during the launch of TV3's Autumn launch 2016 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Masterchef contestant Nadia Forde during the launch of TV3's Autumn launch 2016 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Celebrity Master Chef Contestant Nadia Forde at Tv3's Autumn 2016 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Irish model Nadia Forde has claimed her time on TV3’s Celebrity Masterchef was worse than the time she spent with rats in Australia’s jungle.

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Nadia will be seen battling out in the kitchen against Holly Carpenter and Samantha Mumba when the show airs this autumn.

The kitchen, under the watchful eyes of chefs Robin Gill and Daniel Clifford, was pressurised, according to the model.

“The pressure when you’re in a kitchen... when you’re buried in rats you just have to kind of get through it and just mentally be somewhere else," Nadia said.

“Here, you’re just so exposed. If it doesn’t taste right, you just can’t hide.”

“I hope that people will really get a feel for the pressure and how stressful it is in that kitchen.”

Nadia has been living in Japan for the last few months, and will jet home again at Christmas when she'll take on her first leading panto role this year.

She'll star as Jasmine in Aladdin at Dublin’s Tivoli theatre.

Meanwhile, Holly Carpenter says she was truly out of her comfort zone during filming.

"There's ten of us and it's just been so mental... It's very kind of stressful."

"I'm not actually an amazing cook. I usually just cook basic stuff that I like to eat, and follow recipes and I cook with the music on," she told independent.ie.

"They expect you cook to restaurant quality, so the flavours, the portions, every is being analysed."

"It is a challenge but I'm glad I said 'yes'."

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