A self-proclaimed ‘disaster chef’ from Thatcham is hoping to turn around her skills and potentially save her family in the process.
Emma Pearce entered herself into the Kenwood Disaster Chef competition following a series of calamities in the kitchen.
Mrs Pearce, a stay at home mother to Jessica and Joel, aged eight and four, said that she liked to have a go at anything homemade, including crafts and cooking.
Unfortunately this have-a-go attitude saw her husband Chris admitted to hospital after becoming a victim of her tagine.
“I put in far too much spice and he suffered. I mixed up tablespoon instead of teaspoon… that was a huge disaster.”
And an attempt at a red velvet cake for Valentine’s Day ended in heartache, although not physically.
“I cooked it for two hours and it wasn’t done so I scooped the middle out and filled it with icing,” she said.
Other mishaps include trying to roast a chicken in the microwave using a cast iron pot; picking out rice, which she used as a substitute for baking beans; and having couscous flying everywhere when opening cupboards.
“I’ve definitely had my fair share of disasters,” Mrs Pearce said saying that her over-ambition was the cause of her mishaps.
She said: “I think I just have a go at anything but sometimes I think you need to walk before you can run.”
Wanting to improve her skills Mrs Pearce decided to enter the contest and Kenwood have provided all contestants with a starter pack and a weekly home food delivery.
“I thought it seemed like a good opportunity. Having a mixer and getting a new recipe each week for five weeks is quite exciting.”
“I do enjoy cooking, obviously we need to eat and I like a challenge.”
She said that her family were very proud of her and were looking forward to see what she made during the competition.
When asked what her husband and children thought of her cooking Mrs Pearce said: “His best comment is ‘it’s actually okay’; that’s the best compliment I expect.
As for her children she said: “Generally they like my cooking. They think I burn everything but I don’t burn everything.”
Mrs Pearce will now compete against nine other ‘disaster chefs’ in the hope of turning her culinary skills around, including spice control.
She will battle it out for a place in the final on November 5 at AVEQIA London, where the finalists will compete for a prize package in front of a judging panel that includes Raymond Blanc.
The Disaster Chef who impresses the most with their new found skills and confidence will be crowned Kenwood Chef 2016.
Follow their progress at www.kenwoodworld.com/uk/ disasterchef-2016/