Little Stonham: Disaster chef Joanna hopes competition will see her culinary exploits dramatically improve

Jo Buckingham, of Little Stonham, is keeping a blog based on her cooking adventures for Kenwood’s Di

Jo Buckingham, of Little Stonham, is keeping a blog based on her cooking adventures for Kenwoods Disaster Chef. Buckingham is one of fifteen contestants vying for the prize of a new kitchen filled with Kenwood products. - Credit: Archant

Despite her attempts to follow cook book recipes to the letter, Joanna Buckingham’s culinary exploits rarely end in a scrumptious home-cooked meal or a tasty lunchtime snack.

But the 31-year-old hopes there will soon be a major change in her cookery skills as she takes part in a competition looking for the country’s most improved cook.

Mrs Buckingham, of Little Stonham, has been taking part in the Kenwood Disaster Chef competition for the last four weeks where she has been given expert tips, ingredients and materials.

She will be battling it out against 14 other “disaster chefs” as she attempts to get to the final and be named the most improved chef – a title which will be welcomed by her friends and family alike.

Mrs Buckingham, an environmental health officer, said: “My problem is that I keep thinking it will be better this time and it will miraculously work so my poor husband comes home and he has to force down what I have made.

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“Hopefully that will all change now.”

One of Mrs Buckingham’s most recent food disasters was an attempt to make pumpkin muffins for her colleagues – however despite her best efforts, she said they ended up tasting more like Yorkshire puddings.

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But after just a few weeks on the disaster chef programme, she has already created a vegetarian pizza, Eton mess and a spicy cheese and pepperoni slice.

For Mrs Buckingham, it is now just a matter of continuing to improve her cooking.

She said: “I just want to make some edible meals so I can hold my head up high and have people come over to my house and not worry.”

Mrs Buckingham is one of 15 people in the competition who are all gunning for the Disaster Chef live final in October, where the finalists’ food will be judged by a panel including former Atomic Kitten star and Masterchef winner, Liz McClarnon.

The winner will be awarded with a number of prizes including a kitchen makeover, cookery course and Kenwood products.

You can follow Joanna’s progress in the Disaster Chef online by visiting

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