James Martin tells guest not to 'mess around' with recipe
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During Saturday’s re-run of James Martin’s Saturday Morning, the celebrity chef gave a warm welcome to his guests, comedian Omid Djalili, as well as chefs Pip Lacey and James Tanner. The ITV programme not only saw cooking demonstrations from the presenter but Pip and James also got a chance to show off their cooking skills in the kitchen. However, things soon took an unexpected turn when James told Pip off when she was cooking her dish.
Pip decided to cook up a lamb and leek dish for James that was accompanied by a cauliflower salad.
The 34-year-old who won The Great British Menu in 2017, also used to work for Gordon Ramsay.
Pip became a chef when she was 27 years old and admitted: “It’s been a whirlwind ever since.”
“I was into something very different,” she explained. “I was a graphic designer and then I applied for one job with Gordon Ramsay because the credit crunch came, and my business just disappeared.”
She continued: “I told my mum and dad I wanted to become a chef and they were like ‘Really?’
“They thought I’d just be flipping burgers and they were a bit worried but this application…I put in one application and managed to get a commis chef job at Gordon Ramsay’s.
“And then the rest is history.”
James went on to point out that Pip had worked with some amazing people during her career including the likes of Angela Hartnett.
“Angela’s inspiration is Italian,” he explained. “But you take yours from…I’ve been following your recipes and your menu, and you take inspiration from everywhere, don’t you?”
“Anyone I’ve met,” Pip admitted. “Anywhere I’ve been. From Angela, from other chefs, anyone I meet.
“My mum, my dad, who is actually a pretty good cook as well.
“I don’t like to stop thinking of different ways to do things. No one is perfect.”
Speaking about where her interest in food came from, Pip added: “My parents, my family. I have Spanish cousins.
“My grandma was French, so just all over European food and my mum is a brilliant cook.
“My mum was asking about you [Yorkshire] parkin compared to my grandma’s parkin.”
“And?” James quizzed. “Did I crash or fail?”
“No, she cooks yours,” Pip confessed. “And grandma’s. But she likes your recipes quite a lot.”
Things soon took a turn when James jokingly scolded his guest for changing his recipe.
“Don’t start tweaking it, Pip,” he told her.
“Don’t start messing around with it.”
James Martin’s Saturday Morning airs on Saturday at 9.25am on ITV.
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