Amuse bouche...

Celebrity cook­book

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - YOU ARE NOT ALONE -

to be mak­ing av­o­ca­dos look good in 15 ways and putting mad-coloured smooth­ies in jam jars.

Now that she was back in Ire­land, Chloe needed to build on her brand. That’s what the other celebs called it.

Chloe had moved in with her sis­ter, be­cause the prize money was go­ing fast. Chloe’s sis­ter told peo­ple that Chloe was “rest­ing”. It had seemed like an af­fec­tion­ate joke at first. Chloe knew it had been a while since the re­al­ity-TV show ended, and the phone had stopped ring­ing with in­ter­views and photo shoots and morn­ing TV with Phillip and Holly.

Chloe re­ally hadn’t ex­pected the phone to stop ring­ing. What about be­ing the na­tion’s favourite and all? And what about all the weight she’d lost and how she’d, like, com­pletely trans­formed her­self ? She was a role model, for Christ’s sake.

Chloe’s sis­ter rang from work to see what she was up to. Chloe’s sis­ter took a few min­utes to re­act to the book idea. Then she asked if Chloe knew that she’d ac­tu­ally have to think of new recipes, out of her own head, and that she’d have to test them, a lot, and they’d have to work. Chloe won­dered how her sis­ter knew all this.

“Celebri­ties have peo­ple to test them out and help with ideas,” Chloe an­swered. “And my big role would be the face of the food, do­ing TV spots and demos and stuff. It could be huge! I’m work­ing on it al­ready.”

“Are you in bed?” her sis­ter asked, af­ter a too-long pause. “Your voice sounds like you’re ly­ing down.”

“I’m just rest­ing,” Chloe said, sit­ting up very straight.

SARAH CADEN

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