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Maggie Beer reveals why she could never be a contestant on MasterChef


Maggie Beer, 77, reveals why she could never be a contestant on MasterChef despite being one of Australia most celebrated cooks

She has appeared several times as a guest judge on MasterChef Australia and will return to the franchise on Monday night’s episode. 

But Australian culinary queen Maggie Beer admitted on Monday that while she’s a regular on the cooking show, she could never hack it as a contestant.

‘Personally, I could never be a contestant [on MasterChef] as I don’t cope well cooking under that kind of pressure. The pressure I place on myself when I cook is bad enough!’ the 77-year-old told New Idea.

'I don't cope well under pressure': Maggie Beer, 77, has revealed why she could never be a contestant on MasterChef despite being one of Australia most celebrated cooks. Pictured with judges Andy Allen (left), Jock Zonfrillo (second from right) and Melissa Leong (right)

‘I don’t cope well under pressure’: Maggie Beer, 77, has revealed why she could never be a contestant on MasterChef despite being one of Australia most celebrated cooks. Pictured with judges Andy Allen (left), Jock Zonfrillo (second from right) and Melissa Leong (right) 

Maggie, who will challenge the contestants on Monday to cook a dish using ingredients from her own pantry, revealed the experience was ‘so much fun’. 

‘It was amazing to see the different ways they approached the challenge and the food they created,’ she said.

Despite not having any formal training as a chef, Maggie has had a stellar career spanning almost five decades and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.   

Under pressure: Maggie, who has appeared several times as a guest judge on MasterChef and will return to the franchise on Monday night's episode, said the pressure she places on herself when she cooks 'is bad enough'

Under pressure: Maggie, who has appeared several times as a guest judge on MasterChef and will return to the franchise on Monday night’s episode, said the pressure she places on herself when she cooks ‘is bad enough’ 

She previously told The Daily Telegraph that MasterChef contestants should not be in it for ‘fame’ but simply for the ‘love of food’.

‘There can be a romantic dream about a future in food. They can have rose-coloured glasses about how hard it is in the industry,’ she said.

‘So long as they are not wanting to do this for fame but for the love of food and learning and creativity [they will excel]. The fame thing can get in the way.’

Wisdom: Maggie previously told The Daily Telegraph that MasterChef contestants should not be in it for 'fame' but simply for the 'love of food'

Wisdom: Maggie previously told The Daily Telegraph that MasterChef contestants should not be in it for ‘fame’ but simply for the ‘love of food’ 

In it for the right reasons: 'There can be a romantic dream about a future in food. They can have rose-coloured glasses about how hard it is in the industry,' she said. Pictured with former MasterChef judges (left to right) Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan

In it for the right reasons: ‘There can be a romantic dream about a future in food. They can have rose-coloured glasses about how hard it is in the industry,’ she said. Pictured with former MasterChef judges (left to right) Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan 

Maggie, who is also a judge on The Great Australian Bake Off alongside Matt Moran, said MasterChef offers amateur cooks a valuable experience.

‘What MasterChef Australia does is give them the food equivalent of a sea change – to see if [a career in food] is just a hobby or if they want to take it further.’ 

The bestselling cookbook author went on to reveal she doesn’t see the point in retiring when she enjoys her job so much.

Maggie’s guest appearance on MasterChef Australia airs tonight at 7.30pm on 10 

Passionate cook: The bestselling cookbook author went on to reveal that she doesn't see the point in retiring when she enjoys her job so much

Passionate cook: The bestselling cookbook author went on to reveal that she doesn’t see the point in retiring when she enjoys her job so much

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