Dis­as­ter cook Lola named one of most hope­less in UK

She com­petes for ti­tle to im­prove kitchen con­fi­dence

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Lola Skin­ner, from Amer­sham, has been cho­sen from hun­dreds of en­tries as one of Bri­tain’s most hope­less cooks and she will take part in the an­nual Ken­wood Dis­as­ter Chef com­pe­ti­tion.

De­spite her best in­ten­tions and her keen pas­sion for food, life­style blog­ger and mum of two Lola is cur­rently known amongst her fam­ily as “the one who can’t cook”.

Keen to shed this ti­tle and move away from her sta­ple of rice and chicken, Lola hopes the Dis­as­ter Chef com­pe­ti­tion can help her wow her fam­ily with a va­ri­ety of new dishes.

Her past dis­as­ters, in­clud­ing cur­dled cheese­cakes and sunken birth­day cakes, have held Lola back from try­ing new things, but with a help­ing hand from Ken­wood, she hopes to re­gain her con­fi­dence in the kitchen.

Chef Ray­mond Blanc said: “Gas­tron­omy is all about cre­at­ing new tastes, learn­ing new skills and ex­per­i­ment­ing. It’s ex­actly what we’re do­ing with the Ken­wood Dis­as­ter Chef com­pe­ti­tion – help­ing less con­fi­dent cooks con­nect with food.

“We want to equip be­gin­ners with the ba­sic tools for cook­ing and watch them build upon th­ese skills to dishes.

“My own cu­rios­ity to learn about food be­gan when my fa­ther gifted me a cal­en­dar and for­ag­ing map for my tenth birth­day. I have not stopped for­ag­ing for new flavour com­bi­na­tions or cook­ing skills since and un­der­stand the magic of food.”

Lola will now com­pete against nine other dis­as­trous chefs in the hope of turn­ing her culi­nary skills around. They will com­pete for a £4,000 prize pack­age in front of judges in­clud­ing Ray­mond Blanc, Great Bri­tish Bake Off fi­nal­ist Mi­randa Gore Browne and Ken­wood de­vel­op­ment chef Martin Johns on Novem­ber 28 at Ave­qia in Lon­don.



Lola Skin­ner is a fi­nal­ist in the Ken­wood Dis­as­ter Chef com­pe­ti­tion

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