Lorna's reaction to getting through to MasterChef knockout stages

Berwick's Lorna Robertson is proving herself to be one of the top contestants in this year's MasterChef.

Saturday, 22nd April 2017, 8:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:19 pm
A delighted Lorna hugs fellow contestant Fumbi as they both go through to the knock-out stage.

The 22-year-old impressed judges once again in making it through last night’s quarter-final.

The challenge, set by restaurant critic Jay Rayner, was to cook a savoury dish that showcased aubergine or a dessert with honey as the star.

The moment Laura is told what the judges thought of her food.

Lorna decided to make an orange blossom pistachio and honey frangipane tart topped with chopped figs with a salted pistachio ice cream, crystalised rose petals and honeycomb.

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She admitted it was ‘quite terrifying’ to be cooking for Jay Rayner: “He’s someone who obviously knows a lot about food and isn’t afraid to tell you exactly what he thinks so it’s a daunting task.”

However, she had nothing to worry about as she presented a beautifully prepared dish.

Jay Rayner said: “It looks gorgeous, it is gorgeous and it’s a brilliant piece of technical cookery as well and I can taste the honey so it’s delivered on all the things I was hoping for. I love it.”

Lorna's orange blossom pistachio and honey frangipane tart topped with chopped figs.

Presenters John Torode and Gregg Wallace were equally impressed.

John said: “You made your own pastry, you made your own ice cream, you’ve done your own frangipane, you’ve done your own honeycomb and then put it all on a plate and taken real care. I think that’s just delicious.”

Gregg said it was ‘absolutely delightful’ and ‘very sophisticated’.

Lorna, who describes herself as a creative cook who doesn’t mind experimenting with different flavours, was delighted with the comments. “To get feedback like that from the three judges was just out of this world, amazing, such an incredible feeling,” she said.

Lorna's delight at being put through to the next round of Masterchef.

Discussing who should progress to the next stage, John said Lorna had been ‘star cook of the day’.

Gregg added: “That young lady is cementing her reputation as a very strong contestant.”

Lorna said she ‘completely ecstatic’ and ‘elated’ to be through to the next round, which will be shown on BBC One next week.

In her first round, shown on Wednesday night, she made a faultless prawn linguine to get through. Then she had to cook two courses for three former winners – Peter Bayless, James Nathan and Mat Follas. Her venison carpaccio starter and roast grouse main was comfortably good enough to make it through. Lorna, a former local newspaper reporter, now lives in London where she works for a foodie PR firm.

Lorna's dish - orange blossom pistachio and honey frangipane tart topped with chopped figs with a salted pistachio ice cream, crystalised rose petals and honeycomb.
Lorna Robertson
The moment Laura is told what the judges thought of her food.
Lorna's orange blossom pistachio and honey frangipane tart topped with chopped figs.
Lorna's delight at being put through to the next round of Masterchef.
Lorna's dish - orange blossom pistachio and honey frangipane tart topped with chopped figs with a salted pistachio ice cream, crystalised rose petals and honeycomb.
Lorna Robertson