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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

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:25:49

WingDefence

Hi Natalie smile

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

Hopefully one day. I plan to go out and learn from the best chefs first as i'm only a home cook still. People think that because i've won MasterChef i'm now a qualified chef and i'm far from that yet..... I hope maybe in 5 years time once i've learnt more and if i'm good enough i'll open a family run restaurant in the eastend, and staying true to my routes there will be no white clothed tables, it will be very relaxed with a fine dining twist.

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:29:29

BoohPear

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?

In the studio for inventions there is a larder that is set up by the Home EC's. Also when we do each round we submit a recipe with ingredient list and MasterChef cover the costs. However anything practiced and written at home is covered by the contestant... i think i spent around £1500 during the competition as i practiced every dish 3 times or more to get it right so it did add up, but was worth it in the end smile

thegraduand Mon 02-Dec-13 13:29:40

Hello, I loved watching you on the show. Do you have any tips for someone who is an un-masterchef. I burn most things, even when following instructions I go wrong, I don't seem to have the knack for cooking, are there any basic tips?

thegraduand Mon 02-Dec-13 13:31:06

And another one if I'm allowed, there is one good cook in the family, do you have any foodie christmas present recommendations?

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:31:35

pootlebug

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.

Aww bless her smile I love cooking as it makes you think about nothing else other than what your doing at that point in time as your 100% focused. it always reminds me too of being a kid in the kitchen with my nan making potato cakes or fairy cakes, corned beef pies and alsorts. i think food is something that brings people together and when you cook and make someone smile from what you have made, nothing beats that!

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:36:47

poppy673

What is your favourite thing to eat?

At the moment i'm having a massive cheese phase, so been chomping my way through all the different varieties. I picked up some ash smoked goats cheese which was pretty tasty the other week from Broadway Market. I love scotch eggs... guilty pleasure is haribo sweets!

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:39:18

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Doublemuvver

What have you been doing since winning?

On Friday i'll be doing some cooking demo's with children and adults at Borough market and before that i've been asked to switch on the christmas lights at borough market which i feel very lucky and grateful for.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Dec-13 13:40:34

I've just been browsing through the book and came across one of Natalie's recipes; Braised pig cheek with celariac puree, crackling and blackberries. Looking down the ingredients I also spot a liquorice root stick in there. I'm intrigued by this - how did this recipe come about and how did you discover that pig's cheek goes well with blackberries and liquorice??

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:44:07

SpecificRim

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

I would make a smoked salmon omelette with roasted cherry tomatoes. make the omelette in the usual way and then mix in the smoked salmon. Put the cherry tomatoes in the oven at 180c for 15mins. drizzle with a little olive oil and finish with either some freshly chopped dill or basil and a wedge of lemon and serve on the side smile

Choccheesecake Mon 02-Dec-13 13:45:59

I watched you on Masterchef and was delighted you won - hugely impressed. Please can you give me ideas on how to make a fantastic gluten free desert for Christmas day. They don't like cream which scuppers all my ideas!

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:46:32

alicethecactus

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

Its VERY VERY scary so maybe 11 outta 10. You have to wait for about 20 odd minutes to hear feedback as we all get sent out of the kitchen so they can take close up shots of the food. Then we get called back in and yes... the food is stone cold john and gregg start the feedback . When i did my pigeon dish i waited 2.5hours so by that time i was a blubbing mess.

Calypso2 Mon 02-Dec-13 13:48:17

Hi Natalie, Do you have a recipe for a good stuffing I can make for Christmas? I'm so bored of the one I make ever year. Something that will impress? Thanks

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:48:28

thegraduand

Hello, I loved watching you on the show. Do you have any tips for someone who is an un-masterchef. I burn most things, even when following instructions I go wrong, I don't seem to have the knack for cooking, are there any basic tips?

Simplicity is the best. Dont try to over complicate things as that's when things go wrong and people get into a flap. at home i cook very rustic style and always experimenting, this is how i grew confidence. also youtube and cooking shows are the best things for teaching yourself to cook smile

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:49:34

thegraduand

And another one if I'm allowed, there is one good cook in the family, do you have any foodie christmas present recommendations?

ooohhhh this is hard... i think a good set of japanese knives is essential. but i couldn't live without my food processor it is my ultimate gadget in the kitchen smile

Calypso2 Mon 02-Dec-13 13:51:18

Ooh and another question: are you getting lots of requests for Djing now?

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:53:24

RachelMumsnet

I've just been browsing through the book and came across one of Natalie's recipes; Braised pig cheek with celariac puree, crackling and blackberries. Looking down the ingredients I also spot a liquorice root stick in there. I'm intrigued by this - how did this recipe come about and how did you discover that pig's cheek goes well with blackberries and liquorice??

I was out shopping with my best mate Ed and we were in a vintage sweet shop and there were twiggs in a jar by the counter. i asked the lady why she was selling twiggs and she said it was liquorice. so i bought a few and this was the start of this recipe. i then knew liquorice and pork went together so i thought this could be the basis for a sauce. pig cheeks can be very rich so it needs something to cut through that and this is where the blackberries come into it i always used my bible "flavour thesaurus" as a reference

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 13:57:58

Choccheesecake

I watched you on Masterchef and was delighted you won - hugely impressed. Please can you give me ideas on how to make a fantastic gluten free desert for Christmas day. They don't like cream which scuppers all my ideas!

in the masterchef the finalists book i have a recipe for rosemary and chocolate fondant there is also a video online of me making this recipe, its really easy to do and you can swap in the plain flour with gluten free flour smile

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 14:00:40

Calypso2

Hi Natalie, Do you have a recipe for a good stuffing I can make for Christmas? I'm so bored of the one I make ever year. Something that will impress? Thanks

my mum makes the best stuffing, i would sweat down shallots/onions in butter then allow to cook. Also fry off some bacon lardons and mix packet stuffing mixture with the onion and add in sausage meat and i like to add fresh herbs like parsley and thyme as they go well with sausage smile

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 14:01:41

Calypso2

Ooh and another question: are you getting lots of requests for Djing now?

no i'm not djing anymore sad i dj-ed for a friend the other month but i need to concentrate on cooking now. however i do still drive my poor neighbours mad from time to time as i have decks at home smile

christmasmum Mon 02-Dec-13 14:02:56

Do you get to use recipe books when you do the invention tests on Masterchef??

NatalieColeman Mon 02-Dec-13 14:03:37

Thanks so much for having me down today been lovely chatting with you guys/girls smile x

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Dec-13 14:07:52

Thanks so much for joining us today Natalie. The three winners of MasterChef: The Finalist are....thegraduand, NigellaPleaseComeDineWithMe and Indith. We'll be in touch via PM to let you know how to claim your prizes. Thanks to everyone who joined the webchat today.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Dec-13 14:08:35

christmasmum

Do you get to use recipe books when you do the invention tests on Masterchef??

She's just doing a bit of filming but I'll see if I can find out for you Christmasmum...

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Dec-13 14:10:53

christmasmum

Do you get to use recipe books when you do the invention tests on Masterchef??

Natalie says: no you don't get to use anything - it's all in your head and I think that's where my strength is cos I've got a bit of a photographic memory.

Indith Mon 02-Dec-13 15:00:04

Thanks Natalie smile . missed the chat coming home from uni.

glad that the experience does open doors and sounds like you've been making the most of it. good luck for the future!

SpecificRim Mon 02-Dec-13 16:50:16

Thanks Natalie for answering my question. I too missed the web chat live as I was at work. But Im looking forward to smoked salmon omelette tonight!

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TheFallenMadonna Mon 02-Dec-13 22:10:29

Ooh - thank you for answering, and for the link. My son will find it under the tree!

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