Goodmayes ‘Disaster Chef’ triumphs in online competition

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 December 2014

Disaster Chef Laura Grant

Disaster Chef Laura Grant


A marketing professional with a terrible track record in the kitchen has been named one of the most hopeless cooks in Britain.

Laura Grant, 25, who grew up in Kinfauns Road, Goodmayes, participated in a six week challenge in the desperate hope of improving her culinary prowess.

She embarked on an online competition called Kenwood Disaster Chef which required her to complete weekly challenges and write a blog about her experience.

Then Laura was invited to the grand final, presented by actress Hermione Norris, where she competed against other contestants for a series of prizes.

“We had to recreate our tagliatelli from an earlier week and also a chocolate fondue,” she said.

“I completely messed up my pasta – so sadly I didn’t win –but I will be doing my fondue again for Christmas.”

The culinary story that got Laura noticed by the Disaster Chef team was her famous Caribbean curried goat incident.

No stranger to adventure in her kitchen, Laura spotted this interesting recipe and decided to give it a go.

She spent a very long time sourcing the interesting ingredients and preparing them.

The instructions read that she put it all in a Pyrex dish and leave to slow cook on the hob.

“It smelled delicious although it was making some strange sounds as it cooked,” Laura recalled.

“The Pyrex dish exploded and curried goat went everywhere – all over me, up the walls, on the ceiling and on the floor.

“I thought, this is shatterproof glass so I can salvage this but on the first bite my boyfriend had a mouth full of glass.

“We had toast in the end.”

Laura was given a Kenwood ChefSense to complete her challenges – an appliance that can create almost anything which she now swears by.

If she’s learnt anything it’s “don’t be frightened by a recipe – if it turns out well then you have great food but if it goes badly then you will have a great story to tell your friends.”

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