End of the MasterChef journey for Northumberland woman

Lorna Robertson
Lorna Robertson

Northumberland’s Lorna Robertson has been knocked out of MasterChef.

Her amazing adventure on the BBC One show came to an end in the first episode of finals week.

Lorna Robertson's scallops dish on MasterChef

Lorna Robertson's scallops dish on MasterChef

“It’s quite emotional,” said Lorna, from Berwick. “I’m so proud to have come this far. To be 22-years-old and in the final five...”

The finalists were first asked to cater for lunch guests at Winfield House in London, the official residence of the US ambassador to the UK.

Guided by Michelin-starred chef Paul Ainsworth, they had to create a five-course American-themed tasting menu.

Lorna was put in charge of monkey bread, a baked doughnut layered with pecan nuts accompanied by three sides - a popcorn and caramel crackerjack, a raspberry and key lime curd and pistachio ice cream.

“That is amazing,” said Paul as Lorna unveiled the monkey bread.

“I’ve had such a good day,” said Lorna.

“The monkey bread itself is fantastic,” said presenter John Torode. “This is bang on.”

Back in the studio, the finalists were tasked with cooking a plate of food inspired by something or someone they admired.

Lorna’s inspiration was The Secret Garden and she chose to make scallops with avocado mousse topped with a crab, chilli, apple and coriander salad.

“Very pretty little plate, that is,” said presenter Gregg Wallace. “For me there’s a little too much chilli.”

Making their decision, Gregg praised the presentation of Lorna’s dish and John said the decision had been doubly difficult.