Final entrant for Orkney's Master Chef revealed

It's time to meet the final entrant for the Orkney Celebrity Master Chef competition.

Local Councillor and well-known performer Gwenda Shearer makes up the Master Chef line-up, joining Lee Inkster, Liam McArthur and Cameron Stout for the big event at the Orkney Theatre on October 2.

Gwenda represents the Kirkwall East constituency with Orkney Islands Council and spends much of her time in the Council Chamber on School Place in the town. She's also one of Orkney's most popular singers, performing in a number of acts over the years and releasing her own successful albums too.

She has been swapping the Council for the kitchen over recent weeks, so hopefully all her practice will pay off on the night. We've been finding out how she's been getting ready for the event.

Why did you decide to enter? I think someone else decided for me!

How are you preparing for it? 'Panic' would be the answer - however, I know that is not the correct strategy!

How experienced in the kitchen are you? I cook a lot for my family and friends - I really enjoy it.  I'd like to think I have inherited my skills in the kitchen from my paternal grandmother who was an amazing cook/baker.

What’s your all-time favourite dish to make? I have a recipe for Chicken Liver Pate which I make only on very special occasions (Christmas Dinner being one) and it is truly delicious. Unfortunately it has to be made 24 hours in advance which means I can't use it for the Competition.

Any favourite ingredients to work with? I love to cook with local ingredients - fish, beef, vegetables etc - if I am making a meal for a special occasion, I will spend time sourcing these ingredients.

What’s your guilty pleasure, food and drink-wise? Lobster - my uncle is a creel fisherman and sometimes remembers that lobster is my favourite!

Any kitchen disasters over the years? There have been many - I bought a pasta maker with the intention of making ravioli - it was a complete disaster. I couldn't get the machine to work.  I was so angry, I drove straight to the recycling centre and threw it in the skip!

What’s your secret kitchen talent? I like to create my own recipes - some are successful, some are not!

Orkney Celebrity Master Chef 2019, sponsored by NorthLink Ferries and Jewson, will be held in the Orkney Theatre on October 2. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from any of the three Argo's outlets in Stromness and Kirkwall. Tickets are £10 each, which includes a glass of wine, and are individually numbered, so remember to book early. You can also reserve tickets by emailing or calling 01856 761 430.

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