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Masterchef winner NATALIE COLEMAN: webchat Monday 2 December between 1 and 2pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 29-Nov-13 16:10:25

Winner of Masterchef 2013 Natalie Coleman is joining us for our second webchat to celebrate the launch of Mumsnet's new-look food section on MONDAY 2 DECEMBER between 1 and 2pm. Natalie won BBC ONE?s MasterChef 2013 with lobster tail starter and a ?pimped? roast pork belly served with a quail scotch egg proving to 6.5 million viewers ?the girl from Hackney done good!?. The former credit controller / techno DJ has ditched the 9 to 5, hung up the headphones and has started a journey into the world of refined dining with her trademark down to earth twist.

Find out what Natalie has been up to since winning Masterchef, quiz her about what it's really like to be under the scrutiny of John and Gregg and pick her brains about how to make the most of your cooking and baking on Monday between 1 and 2pm. If you're unable to make it, post a question to Natalie in advance on this thread.

A new cookbook MasterChef: The Finalists which includes a range of Natalie?s dishes from the series as well recipes from some of the other finalists (remember Larkin?) and some brand new recipes to inspire your cooking, has just been published by Absolute Press. We've got three copies to giveaway in a prize draw and all you have to do is join the webchat to be entered.

Ooooh - foodie porn on MN!!

MyBachisworsethanmybite Fri 29-Nov-13 19:09:13

How exciting. She was great!

Natalie, what are you doing now and what are your plans for the next year or so?

Indith Sat 30-Nov-13 12:18:06

I love masterchef and contestants obviously learn a lot through competing and it clearly means a lot to them to be there and to do well.

I always wonder though, what does winning actually mean? Does it open any doors for you? What happens after the show is fine and dusted?

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Ruby6918 Sun 01-Dec-13 00:36:32

Natalie its cathy here id love know what recipe is your ultimate comfort food and where the memory comes from, well done on all your achievements and i hope that there are many more to come,!!!

MardyBra Sun 01-Dec-13 09:54:45

Hi Natalie. How's your grandad? He seems lovely.

TheFallenMadonna Sun 01-Dec-13 13:05:20

Hello. Question on behalf of DS (12) who is a budding masterchef...
We heard you on the radio talking about a book you had read which talked about different combinations of flavours that complemented each other. DS thought that sounded fab, and hopes you can give him more details.

Doublemuvver Sun 01-Dec-13 13:54:10

What have you been found since winning?

Doublemuvver Sun 01-Dec-13 13:54:50

What have you been doing since winning?

WingDefence Sun 01-Dec-13 14:08:53

Hi Natalie smile

Are you hoping to open a restaurant any time soon (it's not clear in the introduction)?

BoohPear Sun 01-Dec-13 22:23:56

Hi! I loved you in Masterchef, was so pleased that you won.

My question is, when you compete do you get an allowance to buy all your ingredients for the recipes you invent or is there an unlimited larder?

pootlebug Sun 01-Dec-13 22:27:27

Hi Natalie

My nearly-6-year-old daughter is a big Masterchef fan and thinks you are wonderful! She'd like to know what you love most about cooking, and why you wanted to go on Masterchef.

poppy673 Mon 02-Dec-13 10:14:14

What is your favourite thing to eat?

SpecificRim Mon 02-Dec-13 12:29:15

Hi Natalie. I have some smoked salmon to use up. What can I make with it tonight that's quick and easy please? I'm thinking maybe pasta?
Many thanks

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Dec-13 12:55:01

Natalie is in the building. She's just enjoying a MN lunch (Pret Christmas sandwich incase you're wondering) and will be with us in 5 mins to start answering your questions.

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 12:57:15

Hi Mumsnetter's hope you are all having a fab start to the week. i'm now here to answer any questions you have, look forward to answering them all smile

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:06:45

MyBachisworsethanmybite

How exciting. She was great!

Natalie, what are you doing now and what are your plans for the next year or so?

Thanks smile

Since winning MasterChef i've been lucky enough to go into some of the best kitchens around the uk. i've been to Michel Roux Jr, Tom Kerridge, Daniel Clifford, Tom Kitchin, Nuno Mendes, St John's (and more..) doing work experience which has been great fun. i've got to work alongside some of my idols and also learn so much from their teams.

Myself, Larkin & Dale also have just released MasterChef the finalists book which is out now and has 30 recipes from each of us.

I've also been doing lots of work with schools/youth projects to get kids cooking. I'm also starting up a kids cooking school/project that runs in half term holidays local to me. More news will be released about this in the coming month on my blog > www.nataliecolemanchef.co.uk

and i'm also working on a new book which is more home cooking, to be released next sept. At early next year will be looking at trying to get a job in a kitchen smile

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:14:02

Indith

I love masterchef and contestants obviously learn a lot through competing and it clearly means a lot to them to be there and to do well.

I always wonder though, what does winning actually mean? Does it open any doors for you? What happens after the show is fine and dusted?

Winning was the perfect end to probably the best experience of my life. However i never thought at any stage i was going to win, i always thought larkin was with his mad professor skills.

unlike some of the other countries, in the UK MasterChef we only win a trophy and the title, but it does open many doors. Karen Ross who is the big boss at MasterChef gives us so much support and help after the competition and she arranged all my Stages (posh word for work experience)

When the competition ended i had to go back to my office job and keep hush for 6 months. I left my job 2 weeks before it finished airing. But no one knew the result except for my family and after it finished airing that's when life changed...

alicethecactus Mon 02-Dec-13 13:15:35

Hello Natalie! On a scale of 1 - terrifying, how bad is it when you take your food up to be judged?

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:15:53

Ruby6918

Natalie its cathy here id love know what recipe is your ultimate comfort food and where the memory comes from, well done on all your achievements and i hope that there are many more to come,!!!

My ultimate comfort food is a sunday roast.... its my favourite dinner in all the world. However when I was a kid I did like fish fingers, mash potato and beans.... strange i know.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Dec-13 13:16:10

By the way Bloomsbury have just informed us that there's a special offer of 50% off RRP (bringing price down to just a tenner) on Masterchef: The Finalists up until 8th December.

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:18:02

MardyBra

Hi Natalie. How's your grandad? He seems lovely.

Grandad is good thanks. He is still my number 1 guinea pig and was happy to see me when i got home from the Good Food show in Birmingham as I came armed with lots of things i bought for him smile

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:21:54

TheFallenMadonna

Hello. Question on behalf of DS (12) who is a budding masterchef...
We heard you on the radio talking about a book you had read which talked about different combinations of flavours that complemented each other. DS thought that sounded fab, and hopes you can give him more details.

The book I still class as my bible is The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit - its a must have for the kitchen. It doesn't tell you how to cook or have any recipes but its good for referencing flavours and understanding how food is grouped into catergories

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