BBC cook­ery star Josie calls on city busi­nesses for pop-up back­ing

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BRI­TAIN’S Best Home Cook con­tes­tant Josie Popera has called on Glas­gow busi­nesses who are will­ing to host her as a pop-up trader.

The bank worker from Den­nis­toun flew the flag for Scot­land on BBC1’s new cook­ery show which sees its se­ries fi­nale tonight.

De­spite hav­ing left the com­pe­ti­tion in week three, the 37-year-old has big am­bi­tions for the fu­ture.

Look­ing back on her time in the con­test, Josie told the Even­ing Times: “I shied away and put my­self down a wee bit. I’ve stopped do­ing that now.

“My big­gest mis­take was not be­liev­ing in my­self and not be­ing as­sertive. I should have walked into that con­test know­ing why I was there.

“I wouldn’t change much. I’d prob­a­bly be less ner­vous. My nerves got the bet­ter of me. When I’m calm and col­lected, I’m re­ally strong.

“But I felt like my nerves put me in a bad place.

“I’ll def­i­nitely be keep­ing in touch with all the other con­tes­tants.

“We’re like fam­ily and speak fre­quently. A re­union din­ner will be on the cards.”

She added: “I’m still Josie from Den­nie, but I want to en­cour­age other home cooks like me. You might see me fre­quently on YouTube.”

In a call to the city’s busi­nesses, she said: “If any­one in Glas­gow wants to try my cook­ing and wants to in­vite me into their kitchen, get in touch.”

Josie Popera

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