Thursday 18 January 2018

Shauna shines in MasterChef show

Sorcha Crowley

Strandhill native Shauna Kelly is storming ahead on MasterChef on BBC1 this week.

The Sligo native "seriously impressed" judges in the last round of heats last Thursday and Friday nights with dishes such as Risotto Nero and pan-seared scallops with squid ink tuile for garnish.

She made it through to the Quarter Finals on Friday night where she served up an aubergine dish.

"It's been crazy. My phone has been going non-stop," she told The Sligo Champion from her home in Hampstead, London, where she's been living for the past 12 years.

"I've six new clients, I've been asked to do a 40th dinner party," she said.

Shauna launched her own catering business "HomeMade Hampstead" on the back of her MasterChef success.

Belsize Park in London have asked her to join a pro-chef at The Juniper Tree to cook the dishes that so impressed the MasterChef judges last week.

"The public will get to taste the food I cooked in the heats," she said.

While the series was filmed before last Christmas, last week's airing was the first time Shauna got to hear the judges' comments. She said going through the Quarter Finals was an "incredible" experience.

"There were a lot of nerves, you see hands shaking. But it was good fun and nice to watch it with my partner and son with a glass of champagne. My parents watched it at home in Sligo so I hope I made them proud," she said.

MasterChef broadcasts Wednesday-Friday at 8pm.

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