Mum out to prove she’s a Berry good cook!

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SHE started out by shar­ing her recipes on In­sta­gram and now mum-of-one Sarah Woods is aim­ing to impress Mary Berry with her cook­ing.

Sarah, 42, from Wilm­slow, is one of 10 con­tes­tants work­ing hard in the kitchen on the BBC One show Best Home Cook.

The eight-part series, which is now two weeks in, fol­lows home cooks as they’re put through their paces by the doyenne of bak­ing, Miche­lin-starred chef An­gela Hart­nett and veg ex­pert Chris Bavin.

Sarah, who launched her own web­site and started post­ing recipes on In­sta­gram af­ter she turned 40, ex­plained how she landed a spot on the show pre­sented by Claudia Win­kle­man.

“I’ve al­ways had a pas­sion for food, there’s a real com­mu­nity vibe in Wilm­slow and I’m a mas­sive feeder,” she said. “I started do­ing cook­ing les­sons with friends, things like what to do with mince, and I started my own web­site my­home­cooked.co.uk and post­ing on In­sta­gram. I turned 40 and I thought ‘life be­gins at 40.’

“I just started post­ing recipes and pro­mot­ing home cook­ing.

“At first I thought it was a hoax when I was asked to take part in the show and then I had to ap­ply like ev­ery­one else.”

Sarah, a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal re­cruit­ment part­ner, learned to cook by help­ing her mother and grand­mother in the kitchen and one of her ear­li­est mem­o­ries is help­ing to make 500 samosas for a party when she was five years old.

She says she was born with a pas­sion for food and de­scribes her cook­ing style as a hy­brid of tra­di­tional In­dian and Bri­tish cook­ing with other global in­flu­ences.

And Sarah loves cook­ing for her hus­band Har­vey, 43, and their son Austin, 10.

“I grew up in a foodob­sessed fam­ily,” she told the M.E.N.

“We al­ways had lots of friends and fam­ily vis­it­ing and our home was like Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

“I love to en­ter­tain and pro­vide nour­ish­ment. My goal is to share my pas­sion for cook­ing.”

Each week, the cooks are faced with chal­lenges in­clud­ing the elim­i­na­tor chal­lenge, where they must fol­low one of An­gela’s recipes per­fectly and the judges send home the cook re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing their least favourite ver­sion of the dish.

“I’m ab­so­lutely over the moon to be on the show,” said Sarah.

“It’s a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity to even be in the same build­ing with Mary Berry and An­gela Hart­nett. She is amaz­ing, her, Mary and Claudia.

“It’s great to have fe­male role mod­els and they are the best out there and it’s a huge hon­our and a priv­i­lege to work with them.”

She laughed: “I’ve had such lovely feed­back. I made a pear dish and it’s al­ways flat­ter­ing to be told you have a nice pear! The Bri­tish food scene is so ex­cit­ing at the mo­ment. I don’t want to stay in the same place and I want to learn new dishes.”

Best Home Cook is screened on Thurs­days at 8pm.

Sarah Woods on Best Home Cook and, inset, Chris Bavin, An­gela Hart­nett, Mary Berry and Claudia Win­kle­man

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