Comics give a Dame as cooks

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judges don’t get tougher than this – Dame Edna Ever­age took charge of a spe­cial episode of the UK ver­sion of the cook­ing show where stand-ups Jack White­hall and Micky Flana­gan cooked up a meal for her. They joined show reg­u­lars Michel Roux Jr and John Torode in the kitchens at Lon­don’s Aus­tralian Em­bassy as they pre­pared their meals for Dame Edna, Aus­tralia High Com­mis­sioner Mike Rann and MasterChef judges Mon­ica Galetti and Gregg Wal­lace. Flana­gan made a salad starter and a fish dish, while White­hall cooked up an­other main course and dessert. Fresh Meat star Wal­lace says: ‘‘I’m a per­fec­tion­ist and could have done bet­ter. I have to live with that now and ev­ery day it will bur­den me, those tiny er­rors stalk­ing me to my grave . . . but it’s just a bit of fun, right? Wrong, it’s deadly se­ri­ous. I’ve watched Dame Edna for years and years and from the first glass of water to the last spoon­ful of desert, I couldn’t stop gig­gling. It was mar­vel­lous to sit down for lunch in the Grand Hall of the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion with one of the fun­ni­est women I’ve met – it’s got to be right up there with some of the best things I’ve ever done. I had no idea she was such a great foodie with in­cred­i­ble knowl­edge, which really im­pressed me – she seems to dine very well on both sides of the world.’’ Dame Edna Ever­age

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