A HUDDERSFIELD travel agent enjoyed a date with celebrity chef James Martin after winning a nationwide competition.
Maxine Roe, a consultant at the Thomas Cook High Street store, was one of 12 employees chosen from 9,000 to cook with the face of BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.
Maxine, who has been with the branch for three years, said that meeting the chef was a “dream come true.”
“I love cooking so getting to spend the day in the kitchen with him was brilliant,’’ she said.
“He gave us some great tips which I’ll definitely be trying at home.
“He was just a lovely, down to earth man.”
They prepared a three-course meal, which featured a main dish of pan-fried lamb with butternut squash
Earlier this month, Thomas Cook airlines announced that James would be designing a new range of in-flight meals for their passengers.
During the session, the North Yorkshire cook advised Maxine and the other competition winners to use good ingredients.
He told her: “Rely on your ingredients and understand what’s in season to eat healthily.”
His top tip for cooking for big occasions was to “cook all your veggies the night before and then plunge them into ice cold water.
“They take just 30 seconds to re-heat in a pan and it saves all the clutter and washing up on the day itself.”
James’ meals hit the runway earlier this month and start from £6.
They feature dishes such as a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs and slow-braised British beef with baby onions and herb dumplings for dinner.
James Martin first hit the TV screens on Ready Steady Cook in 1996. Since then he has chopped carrots for Children in Need and donned sequined clad outfits for Strictly Come Dancing.