At the time of going to press Jilly McCord is one of the last four in the final of the BBC’s Masterchef competition.
Jilly grew up in Langholm and her parents Dorothy and Keith live here. Jilly is a teacher but is clearly a fantastic amateur cook.
She has done brilliantly in the competition impressing the judges with her classic dishes of things such as venison with a range of vegetables cooked different ways and an innovative meal she created out of leftovers.
On Tuesday night we saw the competitors cooking for members of the Royal Society including Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Her tasting dish was a deconstructed Cullen Skink including her own black pudding with a veloute.
This was followed by her cooking her own dish, in the studio kitchen, of pork loin wrapped in spinach and serrano ham with honey glazed pork cheek and a croquette along with a pureed mashed potato. The final four are now going to embark on a culinary adventure in Hong Kong. Greg Wallace one of the presenters said
“It’s the versatility of Jilly’s cooking that is so impressive.”