Young TV hopeful’s recipe for success

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A young cooking enthusiast has beat hundreds of hopefuls and made it through to the third stage of top Tv show Junior MasterChef.

Ten-year-old Kayleigh Farrow has been nervously waiting to hear if she will become a semi-finalist in the cooking competition, which is a spin off for the hit TV show MasterChef, but is for young cokking stars instead of adults.

Kayleigh Farrow, who is taking part in the Junior Masterchef competition, in kitchen at her Field Terrace home in Ripley.

Kayleigh Farrow, who is taking part in the Junior Masterchef competition, in kitchen at her Field Terrace home in Ripley.

Kayleigh, who attends Ripley Junior School, applied to be a contestant after watching the popular 
television programme.

She said: “It was my idea to apply. I was sat watching the show with my family and thought, ‘I’d love to do that’. I downloaded an application form and sent it off, but I never expected to hear from them.”

Kayleigh, who was given her first cookery book aged five, received a phonecall two days after applying.

“The producers rang me to say they were impressed with my application and gave me a telephone interview on the spot. I thought it might be quite hard, but they asked me easy questions like why I enjoyed cooking, what were my favourite things to cook and what I would make in the competition,” she said.

Kayleigh Farrow, who is taking part in the Junior Masterchef competition, with mum Karen at her Field Terrace home in Ripley.

Kayleigh Farrow, who is taking part in the Junior Masterchef competition, with mum Karen at her Field Terrace home in Ripley.

Following the interview, Kayleigh got an invite to 
attend a casting day in Birmingham.

Contestants were told to take a pre-cooked dish along to the audition, held at a Premier Inn hotel on May 28.

Mum Karen Farrow, of Field Terrace, Ripley, said her daughter was so excited and immediately started brainstorming ideas.

The 47-year-old said: “Kayleigh started planning to make a German crumb cake, I’d never even heard of it before.”

German crumb cake made by Kayleigh Farrow for Junior Masterchef

German crumb cake made by Kayleigh Farrow for Junior Masterchef

Kayleigh, who has a twin sister and an older brother said: “I prefer making savoury food because I think I am better at it. My favourite thing to cook is spinach and Italian sausage on home-made garlic bread, but I decided to make a pudding that I thought everyone would like.”

The family travelled to the casting day where she showcased her German crumb cake and chatted to producers.

Kayleigh now faces a month-long wait to find out if she has made it to the semi-finals, which will be filmed in in London in August.

But the promising young cook isn’t nervous about cooking on camera.

She said: “I think it would be really exciting. My twin said she wants me to get to the next stage so she can say she has a sister on television.”

Mum Karen said she wasn’t sure where her daughter had found her skill.

She said: “She definitely doesn’t get it from me, I just dollop food on a plate but Kayleigh really takes pride in both the taste and presentation of her food! She has loved cooking from a young age and I enjoy watching her having fun in the kitchen, as well as taste-testing what she creates.

“We are all proud of her and hope she makes it to the next stage. But even if it’s not meant to be, I have every faith that she could make this her career in the future. She has a lot of potential.”

Kayleigh said: “I find cooking relaxing and it calms me down after a long day at school. I really hope I have made it to the semi-final, but I would definitely like to be a successful chef one day.”

 

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