Lorna cooks up a storm on Masterchef

Lorna Robertson
Lorna Robertson

A former Berwickshire News reporter is taking on her toughest challenge yet as a contestant on BBC cookery show Masterchef.

Lorna Robertson, 22, from Berwick, appeared on last night’s episode of the show presented by Gregg Wallace and John Torode.

Viewers will now know the outcome but she was tight-lipped about her performance when we caught up with her earlier this week.

“I’m not allowed to say for obvious reasons but it was great fun, even though I was really nervous,” said Lorna.

“Food and cooking is what I’ve always loved,” said the former local newspaper reporter, who now lives in London and works for a foodie PR firm.

It was a bit of a whim which led her down the application process last summer.

“I saw they were looking for applicants and just thought I’d have a go and see what happened,” she said.

“I was on holiday in Portugal about three months later when they got back in touch. I had a couple of phone calls and then a face-to-face interview with the production team in Manchester, at which you had to take in something you had cooked, so it was quite a long process before I found out I’d been chosen.”

Hours and hours were spent practising in the kitchen prior to the big day.

“My housemate ate well in the weeks leading up to it,” laughed Lorna. “It cost me a fortune!”

However, there were anxious moments when she and her fellow contestants were given their first task - making their dish from ingredients in the market store.

“It wasn’t what we were expecting so that made us all anxious,” she admitted. “We’d thought we would be able to cook exactly what we’d been practising.”