The I'm A Celebrity-inspired menu was too much for me

I tuned into Masterchef last week, which is as close to cutting edge cuisine as I'm likely to get in the near future '“ and for that I am now eternally grateful.

Saturday, 14th May 2016, 6:01 am

Working in a kitchen for a living has, to me, always looked like insanely hard work.

It looks hot, it looks sweaty, and it looks like the epitome of stress.

The kitchen that the amateurs had been let loose in belongs to the once-hirsute Michael O’Hare, who will hereafter be known as Michael ‘Oh My Hair’.

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Michael O'Hare

This is for reasons that will appear obvious if my editors choose to accompany this column with a photo of him.

During the sweaty stint in Michael Oh My Hair’s kitchen, a poor would-be chef was tasked with conjuring up one of his signature dishes.

This was – and I suggest you restrain your gag reflex for this – prawns with roasted skulls.

Now maybe it’s just me who has been munching under the misapprehension that food in restaurants is supposed to sound appealing.

Michael O'Hare

But surely I can’t be alone in believing that any alleged sustenance requiring roasted skull sounds more like it belongs in an Indiana Jones film than in my stomach.

Best of all, once the skull was roasted, the poor fools who’d signed up to consume the resulting Bushtucker Trial had to squeeze the brains of the prawns over the aforementioned crustacean’s body.

And this was just the appetiser – I use the word loosely.

For it was followed by an urchin Bolognese that was made, of course, with urchin gonads.

As a final flourish, the gonad sauce was sprinkled with what appeared to be someone’s cremated remains.

Or perhaps it was those of a customer for whom the I’m A Celebrity-inspired menu had become simply too much?

I know that fine dining consists of teeny tiny meals that are all about flavour and presentation.

But when you’re faced with what is essentially fish offal and genitalia for dinner, and are then expected to pay handsomely for it, then, dining peasant that I obviously am, I suspect that you have a screw loose.


At last, the government has performed the necessary u-turn on its ludicrous suggestion that all schools in the UK become academies.

I can’t help but think that part of the reason behind this is the fact that teachers and parents stood side by side in their disapproval and social media has been ablaze for months with condemnation for such a sweeping blow to the education of our children.

The lack of faith that the government has in head teachers to make adequate decisions is, for the most part, utterly displaced.

And simply becoming an academy is not the educational equivalent of a magic wand.

Trust me when I say that just because your child attends an academy, it doesn’t equal improvement.


As I write this we are experiencing what may be our only taste of summer.

No doubt by the time this goes to print, autumn will be upon us again.

However, with an optimistic attitude and our bank account banished to the back of our minds, my husband and I have invested in a new barbecue.

Given that there are only four of us in the family, and that we are unlikely to start replicating a Neighbours episode and grilling entire marsupials upon it, I cannot help but think we have been extravagant in terms of size.

And then there’s the cost of the gas required to provide the heat.

It was £66 for a canister of the stuff, somewhat steep when most mother-in-laws blow hot air for free.