MasterChef 2013 champion Natalie Coleman returned to the show last night as a guest judge and her “no frills” critique of the contestants’ efforts in the kitchen went down well with viewers.
Coleman, who has just been named an Ambassador for The Central Street Cookery School, sat alongside last year’s winner Ping Coombes and the show’s first champion Thomasina Miers. They tucked into everything from a (rather sparse) roast dinner to a boozy layer cake as another batch of chefs battled for a place in the quarter-finals.
While Thomasina found the best pudding she’d eaten all year in Sarah’s pumpkin pain perdu and Ping struggled to find a word other than “sexy” to describe Pete’s heaving Asian-inspired dish, it was Natalie’s fuss-free thoughts on the grub that caught people’s attention.
Certainly creamed spinach will be unused to such a warm reception, with the former champ describing it as “banging”:
I absolutely LOVE Natalie being back on #MasterChef as a critic – she's amazing!! Got time for anyone who describes food as 'banging'!
— Katie Thacker (@tatie_khacker) March 18, 2015
Banging cream spinach. Love Natalie. #masterchef
— Leroy (@ruddydickens) March 18, 2015
— Keir Shiels (@keirshiels) March 18, 2015
Love a bit of Natalie with bangin' creamed spinach comments. #masterchef
— Alex James (@alexjamesuk) March 18, 2015
We just want to know if it’s good or not, right?
Loving Natalie (ex winner of #Masterchef ) – she is so East End with no frills – I remember her being brilliant
— Debbie Denton (@DentonDebs) March 18, 2015
Love Natalie Coleman, totally keeps it real with words like 'bangin' & 'blows my head off' #masterchef
— Claire Pearce (@Clairey_tweetie) March 18, 2015
Good on you Natalie girl. Winning hasn't changed you. You're still keeping it real #masterchef
— EILEEN M CUMISKEY (@EILEENMCUMISKEY) March 18, 2015
— Laura (@loggy01) March 18, 2015
Yep, people definitely miss Natalie being on MasterChef…
— Ali Cremona (@alicremona) March 18, 2015
Masterchef just isn't the same without Natalie Coleman in it God I loved that girl.
— Chris (@kittrayner) March 18, 2015
It's brilliant having Natalie Coleman back on Masterchef. #thatsbangin
— Tom Essex (@tomkessex) March 18, 2015
And when the programme finishes, there’s still a place for Natalie’s down-to-earth delivery…
— Claire B (@C_for_cake) March 18, 2015