Menu
 
Home | News | Jilly . . . Langholm’s magical MasterChef: Humble champ charms and impresses the audience
 
News | 9th May 2019
 

Jilly . . . Langholm’s magical MasterChef: Humble champ charms and impresses the audience

 
 
 

STILL riding high after her success in this year’s MasterChef, Jilly McCord wowed the audience at the Buccleuch Centre last Sunday with her cookery demonstration.
As reported in last week’s E&L Advertiser, this was a fundraising event organised by Langholm Rotary Club, together with Langholm Playcare.
Funds were to be raised for a specially-adapted Landcruiser ambulance for Zambia Africa.
The MC was in the capable hands of Rotarian Kenneth Pool who introduced Jilly to the audience.
Jilly thanked Kenneth and the Rotary for inviting her to showcase her cooking skills in front of a live audience and set about preparing her three chosen dishes.
With stoves, pots and pans and utensils borrowed from her parents and the Buccleuch Centre kitchen, she cooked a three-course meal.
Venison
She started with a seafood ravioli with a prawn bisque, venison loin on celeriac puree with black pudding bon-bons and pickled blackberries followed by tart tatin with creme fraiche and ice cream.
The venison steak was provided by Mark Seed and shot on the Craig Farm in Westerkirk.
Jilly invited Mark to have first taste. It was just how he liked it, slightly on the rare side and totally delicious with the puree.
Other eager tasters lined up to sample the fayre and were all unanimous in their praise.
During the interval the audience were invited to prepare questions to be read out during the second half.
With Kenneth’s dry wit and Jilly’s humbling humour, this provided some light entertainment.
From these questions they learned Jilly was regularly in touch with the other two MasterChef finalists Delia and winner Irini.
She also told the story of how she entered the competition this time last year by completing an online application.
She was told she would hear in October but as October arrived and hadn’t heard anything, she gave up any hope.
Filming
Just as half term arrived, she received the news that she’d gone through to the last 200 and was invited to Edinburgh to deliver a cooked meal to the production team.
Having already told her school she ‘probably wouldn’t get through’, she was offered a place and went to London to start filming before Christmas.
The hardest thing was keeping quiet about the results from the end of filming last Christmas.
The audience learnt that the competition was harder than teaching teenagers; she is a history and politics teacher at Dollar Academy.
She gave an insight into how the competition worked.
Strangely, competitors don’t get the chance to taste each others’ cooking but nothing is wasted because the camera crews tuck in at the end of filming.
Her best memory was visiting Hong Kong and meeting Raymond Blanc who praised her venison.
She was asked whether she would continue to teach after her newly-found fame as a cook.
She replied that she had no plans to give up teaching but with the six-week summer holiday, she had a few cooking engagements planned in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
One of the events was creating a menu for the lunch for the Woman of the Year award this autumn.
After the demonstration, Kenneth gave a vote of thanks to Jilly and, in return, she thanked the Rotary for the opportunity and everyone for supporting her along her MasterChef journey.

 
 
Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
 
 
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Residents distressed over military exercise

And fears over shooting ranges operating without permission

 

Second year of devastation for Newcastleton

Up to 30 homes flooded as river Liddel burst banks

 

Langholm groups reap rewards from the wind

Thousands are paid by the Ewe Hill 6 windfarm to…

 

A big surprise

Congratulations to Rowanburn couple

 

Study identifies top 10 projects for funding

Nearly 1,000 ideas proposed on how to use windfarm grants

 

Operation to change boy’s life costs £25k

Joshua turned down in Scotland but Liverpool hospital steps in

 

Do not feed

Horse nearly dies from treats

 

Sports centre redesign is to be scaled back

Flood plain and funding challenge force rethink on Townfoot

 

Feedback will aid bridge plan

Developer seeks views on active travel

 

Multi-purpose centre will attract thousands

Langholm’s regeneration is on track for an enterprising future

 

GP practices join list of vaccination venues

Over 70s can be vaccinated in the first two weeks…

 

No police here

Crimes go unreported and unrecorded

 

Mass testing deployed after cases spike at 41

Langholm and Eskdale has highest number of cases in district

 

New company will run nature reserve

Estate manager will be recruited to implement moorland plan

 

Course to help women set up their own business comes to Liddesdale

LIDDESDALE has been chosen as one of three rural areas…

 

Eskdale COVID-19 cases second highest

Esk valley comes second only to Gretna in the whole…

 

Rail group argues its case to UK review body

Extension to Carlisle will bring economic and social benefits

 

Over 80s welcome call to receive vaccination

The most elderly in Langholm will be vaccinated from next…

 

A danner for Doddie

DODDIE Weir’s story has touched the rugby world. He played…

 

EWM is sold but not all jobs will be saved

CRITICISM has been levelled at the way Tuesday’s sale of…

 

Kerry’s passion for town lands her the dream job

THE Langholm Alliance has announced the appointment of its project…

 

A Kiwi Christmas

Langholm lass sends positive vibes from a land down under

 

More infectious virus forces new lockdown

Measures close schools and businesses as vaccine is rolled out

 

Better early warning system to be devised

Newcastleton villagers are urged to protect their own houses

 

Ploughing halted after breach of conditions

Forestry watchdog steps in to investigate the loss of deep…

 

From King Herod to the Grinch ....

A Christmas message from Rev Morag Crossan

 

Have yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas now

It’s a Level Four lockdown from Saturday

 

Reindeer are flying

ALAN Miller’s new tartan reindeer are flying off the shelves…

 

Kevin moves to new post

But he will keep an eye on moor

 

New looms help secure Langholm mill’s future

Drove Weavers expands its capability to meet greater demand

 

Camera plan will combat the lack of police presence

Copshaw’s rural isolation adds to concerns

 

Wetter winters and more hot summers

Met Office says emissions must be cut to avoid extreme…

 

Council refuses to endorse sports centre proposals

Flood plain causes yet more planning problems

 

Amazing ceremony for wildlife watchers

Shortlisted Newcastleton group is celebrated at awards night

 

2020 Magic Lantern Show

ONE of Langholm’s theatre companies is determined to do its…

 

Langholm store marks 20 years of shopping

Co-op staff look forward to 2021 and arrival of a…

 

Vaccination roll-out is imminent: NHS chief

Immunisation of high-priority groups will start next week

 

NHS seeks input on plan

Health and social care and support are at centre of…

 

Happy 400th birthday as town marks charter

Alliance invites groups to host events in run-up to main…

 

200m high turbines for two Eskdale sites

Developer pledges £900,000 a year for nearby communities

 
 
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Configure
 
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.