I burst into tears! They surprised me with the call – as they did everyone – and said that Roger Pizey (Fortnum’s Executive Pastry Chef and all-round pastry oracle) would like to ask me some questions about my dish. But when I got on the call he said: ‘Actually, I haven't got any questions for you, I just need you to know you're in the final five!”
My dog, who is like my child, ran in because I was crying, worried about what was happening. I just couldn’t stop saying ‘thank you’ – I think I said ‘thank you’ about 97 times!
Before all this happened, I’d never been to Fortnum & Mason. I've heard of it, of course, and I love going to London, but it’s far from home for me. I'm a northern girl from a northern town, a seaside town. It's so outside of my normal life.
So to walk in there was surreal – everyone was so excited to meet us, and everything was shut down, just for us. I said to myself: ‘I'm going to just live this and make the absolute most of it and have the best time ever; soak in all the knowledge I can get from Roger, and the other chefs in the kitchen’. I had the best time.