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Lisa Faulkner filming new children's cookery show

13 July 2015 by
Lisa Faulkner filming new children's cookery show

The actress and presenter demonstrated her culinary skills, spoke of her passion for cookery and announced she would start filming the new show at LACA's Main Event at Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel last week.

Crash My Kitchen will feature as a mini-series on BBC Dish Up's website. The year-long culinary campaign produced by BBC Learning invites audiences to get clever in the kitchen by making cooking enjoyable and accessible.

Talking about the new show Faulkner said: "I want children to learn to cook and I'm in an incredible position to try and get them interested.

"We have to get children talking about food and it needs to be something they understand. I would love to see more children cooking at schools - domestic science was one of my favourite subjects.

"But unfortunately hardly any schools seem to have a kitchen for children nowadays.

"My daughter is always talking about her dinner lady Pat when she gets home from school - she loves school dinners and I think that's amazing."

Executive producer of Dish Up, Helen Foulkes said: "Dish Up is a site for everyone whatever their level of skills. You could just be starting out in the kitchen or want to do a bit more home cooking. It has simple recipes, top tips and step by step guides all with the hallmark of BBC Food."

Faulkner, who won Celebrity MasterChef in 2010, told the audience how her passion for cooking developed.

She said: "I always had an interest in food. I grew up with cooking. If I wanted to hang out with my mother it was always in the kitchen as that's where she'd be.

"I never thought of doing it as a job though; I never thought I was any good at cooking it was just something I did.

"I always made stuff - not amazing out there dinners - but good homely food. But I have to admit there were times when the fridge just had a bottle of vodka and a lemon in it.

"When I got asked to go on MasterChef I thought it would only last a day but it went on for three-months. I've always loved the show. I was cooking every spare hour and asking people for recipes. I turned into a bit of a nutter.

"Being on MasterChef is hell - it's terrifying. I thought the celebrity version would be easier and that they would be nice to us but oh no! The judges stand there like they're God, not smiling.

"But I took it very seriously and kept trying to create new sauces until I got it right. I've never won anything before - not a raffle, not tombola, not even a crane toy.

"I kept phoning my sister in the cab on the way home saying I couldn't believe I had to go back tomorrow. It was incredible winning, I was bowled over. It's the hardest thing I have done professionally."

She added: "I loved and hated it in equal measures but it was amazing and turned my life around. I'm so blessed at the age of 43 to have a completely different career and one I love. I can chat food to anybody, on a train, anywhere."

Faulkner is also an established cookery book author. She took inspiration for her first book from her mother Julie, an accomplished amateur cook who died aged 44 when Faulkner was 16.

She uses her mother's recipes as a legacy to pass on to her daughter Billie, whom she adopted aged 15 months after three IVF attempts failed. Billie is now almost nine and loves watching her mother cook.

- Faulkner explained how she was warned off using the title Recipes from My Mother for My Daughter for her first book as it was likely to alienate people and would never work.

She said: "I was told on your head be it, but it did really well and so many people tell me they how much they love it."

Since winning MasterChef Faulkner has been working at top London restaurants Smiths of Smithfield and Roux at Parliament Square gaining experience in every area of the kitchen.

Faulkner's other cookery books include The Way I Cook and Tea & Cake. She currently dates MasterChef host John Torode.

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