It was a task that came earlier in the 10-week competition.
“The hardest challenge was the soufflé. I was totally unprepared for it and we didn’t have any recipe to go by. Not knowing what challenges lay ahead of you was always tough – not being in control and being unprepared.”
Ireland’s newly-crowned best amateur cook, who loves meats such as lamb and veal, was born in South Africa and came to Ireland five years ago.
“I came over with an Irish boy. We’re not together anymore. I’m with a different man now, David, ” she says.
Tamarin, 35, is a programme management officer in a software company.
“My dream is to work with food. That’s what I’ll be aspiring to in the New Year, so winning MasterChef is a dream come true.”
I definitely need to work on it. I play a little tennis but my love of cooking means I put on a few too many pounds and I need to lose them. But they say never trust a skinny chef.
I have hay fever all year round and I’ve had asthma since I was a child but it’s under control. My mum suffers from severe hay fever so I’ve inherited that.
I eat more fish and less bread than I used to.
Desserts hands down — I just love a good dessert dish. Crème Brulée is one of my favourites.
Worry — I can be a bit of a worry wart, especially if there’s something important happening next day. But with Masterchef I was so exhausted by the end of the night that I never slept better. I literally just passed out each night.
I love to relax by being at home. I love cooking and always find time in the kitchen so relaxing.
If I could have anyone, it would be David Walliams, the British comedian. He’d be interesting. I’d probably have a celebrity chef too, someone I’d aspire to, like Thomas Keller and Anthony Bourdain.
Just my weight, particularly around the middle. I’d lose a few stone.
Fresh baking bread.
It was just after it was announced that I’d won MasterChef – because of the emotion of it all.
We all have things we’d like to change about ourselves. I’d like to be more laid back, not so stressed. I’d like not to worry as much.
Yes, I do.
Anyone making me laugh.