Robin aims to become Britain’s Best Home Cook
Best Home Cook has returned to our TV screens and Bristolian, Robin has already won the praise of Mary Berry with his perfect pear upside down cake.
Having received a luke-warm reaction to his signature lasagne dish in the first round, Robin wowed head judge Mary Berry when tasked with creating a mid-week masterpiece using a pear as the main ingredient.
Robin is one of ten of the nation’s best home cooks being put through their paces by Mary Berry, Michelin-starred chef, Angela Hartnett and fruit and veg expert Chris Bavin in the hit BBC cooking series.
Hosted by Claudia Winkleman, the eight part series follows the home cooks as they embark on the ultimate immersive cooking competition, which sees them living together in a shared house while competing against each other.
Robin said: “Being in the show is so completely different to anything I’ve ever done before. I think of myself as quite a shy, unassuming person and to be thrown into limelight, surrounded by TV cameras, sound engineers, Claudia Winkleman and Mary Berry is a bit different from my day job.”
A maintenance supervisor for Bristol-based charity, the St Monica Trust, Robin gets his passion for food from his mum who worked as a chef.
“I’ve always loved cooking and find it very relaxing. I’m usually the first one home from work and tend to make all the meals at home, which my wife is very happy about! I love cooking pasta and lasagne is a big favourite with everyone who comes to visit.”
Robin, who lives in north Bristol with his wife and two children, was inspired to apply for the show after seeing an advert for contestants at the end of one of his favourite cooking shows. “I thought, “why not?”
“Initially, it was a case of “let’s see what happens.” At each stage I thought I’d done really well to get that far and was always convinced I wouldn’t go any further. To make it through to the show itself was amazing.”
“Being thrown in together with ten other people at the start was brilliant. From a cooking point of view it just made me want to cook even more. When I see the things the other guys cook, I think 'Wow! Why can’t I cook that?'
“The experience of being part of the show has made my passion for food even stronger and I hope it inspires guys my age who think they can’t cook to give it a go.”