MasterChef 2017 finalists: who is Lorna Robertson?

Everything you need to know about the PR girl and cooking competition hopeful


MasterChef 2017 finals week contestant guide: Lorna Robertson


From: Kensal Green, London

Age: 22            

Profession: Account Executive at a restaurant PR agency

Twitter: @lornarobertson_

Who is Lorna Robertson?

PR girl Lorna has been cooking from a young age, learning from her army chef father.

She has hopes of becoming a food writer and models herself on Nigella Lawson in the kitchen. “She’s just fabulous in every way and she never claims to be anything more than a home cook which I really admire,” Lorna explained.

Her dream person to cook for? “The Queen”.

How well has Lorna Robertson done in MasterChef 2017 so far?

She kicked off strong in the competition, producing a “superb” prawn linguine for hosts Gregg Wallace and John Torode in the first show. She then sailed through the next rounds, shining while cooking for the cast and crew of BBC’s Holby City. During that challenge she pulled off 120 chocolate and hazelnut tortes.

When is the MasterChef 2017 on TV?

The finalists are facing a number of challenges this week. Here’s a taste of what’s to come in each episode.

Monday 8th May, 8.30pm, BBC1

The final five travel to Winfield House, the official residence of the American Ambassador to the United Kingdom, where they have the immense task of cooking for him and his five guests, who include author and journalist Rachel Johnson, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Jeremy King, creator of restaurants The Ivy and The Wolseley.

After cooking a complex menu designed by Paul Ainsworth, and cooking a ‘personal’ dish for Gregg and John, one of the five will be sent home.

Wednesday 10th May, 8pm, BBC1

The final four will be jet-setting to South Africa to face three challenges from the country’s best chefs. They’ll also be cooking at The Test Kitchen, South Africa’s top restaurant and the 25th best in the world.

Thursday 11th May, 8pm, BBC1

It’s time for another contestant to head home: the four hopefuls will be challenged to put their spin on a classic dish, after which one chef will be sent packing by Gregg and John.

Then it’s the scariest task yet: The Chef’s Table. The remaining finalists will be mentored by two-Michelin-Star chef Sat Bains before producing a dish from his experimental menu.

Friday 12th May, 8.30pm, BBC1


It’s the grand final. The last step to the coveted Masterchef champion’s trophy. But it won’t be an easy one: the contestants have three hours to cook three courses for Gregg and John, who are looking for culinary boundaries to be smashed.