Natalie Coleman won BBC One’s MasterChef 2013 with lobster tail starter and a ‘pimped’ roast pork belly served with a quail scotch egg proving to 6.5 million viewers ‘the girl from Hackney done good!’ The former credit controller / techno DJ has ditched the 9 to 5, hung up the headphones and has started a journey into the world of refined dining with her trademark down to earth twist.
The first step for Natalie saw some stages at some of the UK’s most renowned restaurants that included: – Le Gavroche (Michel Roux Jr), Viajante (Nuno Mendes), St Johns (Fergus Henderson), The Kitchin (Tom Kitchen), L’enclume (Simon Rogan), The Berkeley Hotel (Marcus Wareing), Midsummer House (Daniel Clifford) and The Hand & Flowers (Tom Kerridge).
Since winning MasterChef Natalie has written her first solo cookbook Winning Recipes: For Every Day which will be published in October 2014. She has worked with Jamie Oliver on his world famous Food Revolution Day which was in May 2014, she will be fronting the Foodies Festivals throughout the summer and working on the MasterChef Street Bus, appearing at Jamie’s Big Feastival in August and Jimmy’s Sausage and Beer Festival in July. Natalie also held a pop up restaurant in June to raise money for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation, tickets sold out within half an hour and she will be at the MasterChef pop up restaurant for a week from 16th September.
One of Natalie’s real passions is helping children learn to cook and she has become a patron of Free Cake Hackney Kids, she runs cookery courses in school holidays at Central Street Cookery School and she is working with the School Food Trust doing demos in schools from September.