Friday 19 January 2018

‘Shop bought’ Lady Fingers send Irishman Barry home from Nigella’s ‘The Taste’

Barry Johnston was the first to leave The Taste last night. Pic: Channel 4.
Barry Johnston was the first to leave The Taste last night. Pic: Channel 4.
The tv chef was unhappy about Barry using shop bought produce.
Ballinasloe man Barry Johnston wowed judges on The Taste first episode
Nigella Lawson stars on Channel 4's The Taste

IT was a case of just desserts last night for Galway man Barry whose Tiramisu was deemed the worst dish by the celebrity judges.

The charity worker from Co Galway, who enthralled the judges in his first week with his signature dish failed to live up to expectation when he was sent home by his mentor Anthony Bourdain last night on the Channel 4 show.

Barry created a Tiramisu with a twist for his challenge dish, but was lambasted by the judges for using shop bought ingredients including Lady Finger sponges. 

He presented Tiramisu with lemon and basil jelly and strawberry and pepper crumb, but the judges found the dessert dry and the jelly lacking in any flavour.

He admitted to the three judges  Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebve that he felt under pressure cooking for people other than his family or friends, but  the judges admitted they were disappointed that his dish didn't live up to the previous week's effort of cured and grilled macakrel with pickled beetroot, wasabi mayonnaise and samphire tempura.

Earlier in the show Michelin star winning Irish chef Richard Corrigan set the contestants a challenge of creating a prawn cocktail with a twist.  Barry's dish was rejected by mentor Bourdain for having too much lemon, and he was berated for his messy work area.

The charity worker however was a hit on Twitter with many disappointed he was early to leave.

"Oh nooooo. Can't believe Barry's gone. He's the only reason we're watching 'The Taste'. Booooooooo," said one tweeter, while another tweeted:  "New crush in our all-female house: Barry the charity chef."



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