She may have been banned from her own kitchen but self-confessed rotten cook Katy Docherty is proving her critics wrong.
Katy, 35, reached the final of internet contest Disaster Chef after kids Cerys, eight, and Oliver, five, turned their noses up at her food and hubby Mark ordered her out of the kitchen.
But now, after six weeks of intensive cookery training, Katy is more delicious chef than disaster chef.
Such is Katy’s culinary improvement she is even being tipped to win the Disaster Chef title on December 6.
Katy, of Netherton, said: “It’s been a brilliant experience and done my confidence the world of good.
“Some of my food isn’t the prettiest but the taste has had quite a few compliments.
“I’m not sure whether I’ll win but I just wanted to learn to cook and win or lose I have achieved what I wanted to achieve.”
Admin assistant Katy, whose extended family are all good cooks, was a walking kitchen catastrophe.
She made the final 15 of Disaster Chef, run every year by appliance maker Kenwood.
Contestants were given different recipes to prepare over six weeks. They were sent ingredients and asked to follow video instructions.
They then had to write an online blog explaining their triumphs – or disasters.
Katy proved a surprise package and her efforts went down well with Mark, 36, and the kids.
While the kitchen may have been a mess at times the tasty end result often got the thumbs up.
According to Katy’s blog, the four cheese quiche saw a couple of dropped egg yolks; the peach melba roulade was “edible and looked the part”; and the roasted garlic and thyme bread proved easier to plait than Cerys’ hair – and complained less!
The turning point was the splendid coconut and lime drizzle cake and Katy wrote: “I’m already noticing that I am becoming more confident.
“I’m also dealing with the mini disasters that inevitably crop up much more calmly and using my own initiative rather than shouting for my husband or ringing my grandma! Proud is an under-statement.”
Katy even found a way to Mark’s heart with his favourite pasta.
The porchini and rosemary creamed tagliatelle left the kitchen in a mess but Mark’s verdict for the food was: “Beautiful.”
Katy will go to London for the live final where three judges – including shocking chef Hermione Norris, star of Cold Feet and Spooks – will decide who has improved most.
The winner will receive a £3,000 kitchen makeover, a £500 cookery course and kitchen appliances worth £500.
A spokesman for the competition said: “Katy’s improvement is amazing. She’s my favourite to win it.”