I'm a former digger driver who got my break in the food world by reaching the finals of Masterchef way back in 2006. It sounds corny but it really did change my life, since then I’ve appeared in Take on the Takeaway, This Morning and Saturday Cookbook to name a few.
My cookbook Mincespiration was released in 2013.
The type of food I’m best known for is: Real home cooking, it has to be simple, achievable and have easily sourced ingredients. I'm a massive fan of many cuisines so don’t be surprised to see loads of Indian, Asian and south African dishes popping up on Lorraine.
The proudest moment of my career is: Seeing my first cookbook Mincespiration hitting the shelves in spring 2013. My journey into the world of food has been unconventional to say the least so to see my cheesy grin on the bookshelves alongside my food heroes such as Gordon Ramsay was a dream come true.
My favourite breakfast is: Not sure you can beat a full English breakfast fry up but my ultimate treat is cinnamon brioche French toast with fresh berries and vanilla crème fraiche, wow!
One thing most people don’t realise about cookery/baking is: It's all about having the confidence to get yourself back in the kitchen and cooking amazing food from scratch. I think we have moved away from home cooking and more towards convenience foods, have confidence to cook, attempt and try new things.
The thing that inspired me to become a chef was: My love of eating food inspired my to become a chef, I have always loved food and from a very early age was encouraged to help out in the kitchen. This love of food has been with me ever since.
If I could cook a meal for anyone in the world it would be: Ricky Gervais, that man makes me laugh just looking at him, I'm a big fan of his comedy’s like the Office and Extras. If he could bring his sidekicks, Karl Pilkington and fellow Bristolian Stephen Merchant with him then that would top it off for me!
My guilty pleasure food is: It’s all about chocolate for me, especially during the last year or so where I have really taken an interest in my own fitness and clean eating habits. The fact that I don’t eat chocolate as often as I used to make it that bit more amazing when I do eat it!
If I wasn’t making mouth-watering dishes on Lorraine, I’d be: Still digging up roads, ha ha only kidding, I would have loved to have played football professionally
You’d be surprised to learn that: I have a degree in Photography
The one thing I couldn’t live without is: Tabasco sauce, I love the stuff