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MasterChef viewers baffled as they ‘instantly recognise’ Solihull’s Pookie

MasterChef viewers were left questioning where they knew Solihull contestant Pookie from after she stole the show on the first episode of the new 18th series. The 45-year-old impressed viewers and judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode with her imaginative dishes.

She cooked up a dish called ‘Shallow Sea-Bed Life’. It consisted of tiger prawns served with a Tom Kha Thai coconut milk soup, coral, a lime foam and garnished with cherry tomatoes masago and salmon roe, coriander and samphire.

But BBC viewers were distracted by more than her food as they were convinced they had seen her on another TV show. They took to Twitter to comment as they said they instantly recognised the talented cook.

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@lacrezz wrote: “Googling Pookie… where have I seen her before… cannot find anything but she’s definitely been on something else @MasterChefUK #masterchef.”

@beverleysings59 commented: “What has Pookie been on before?” @SaffronKim asked: “Where have I seen Pookie before? #MasterChef.” And @sjwaterer commented: “I’ve just said the same… I’ve definitely seen her on something before but I can’t remember and it’s really bugging me #Masterchef.”

Pookie doesn’t appear to have been on any other TV shows before, but maybe viewers have previously popped by her old beauty salon. She used to own her own salon in Solihull before retiring.

It looks like her cooking is due to pay off, with judges John and Gregg seriously impressed by her dishes. Gregg Wallace told her: “Pookie we think you’re amazing, you’ve got yourself an apron.”

She has made it through to the next round of the BBC show and will appear again next week. MasterChef airs on BBC One on Wednesday’s at 8pm.

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