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Democrat's Oisin roasts the rest in MasterChef final

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Democrat's Oisin roasts the rest in MasterChef final thumbnailOISIN McConville.

ARMAGH legend and Newry Democrat columnist, Oisin McConville, produced a sizzling performance in TV3's Celebrity Masterchef.

He simmered along all the way to finish as a runner-up in the final.

Proving he wasn't out of 'plaice', the Ulster Championship's all-time highest scorer made the final alongside former Eurovision singer, and eventual winner, Niamh Kavanagh and TV presenter and fellow runner-up Simon Delaney.

The former All-Star said that the MasterChef experience had been truly life-changing; forever altering his perception, approach and attitude towards cooking, and admitted quite freely that he entered the competition being nothing short of a novice.

Chef McConville said: "I really enjoyed taking part in it. The experience was unbelievable as the whole thing around about cooking terrified me beforehand, yet by the time it was finished I enjoyed every minute of it."

Asked if his competitive spirit came to the fore in the pressure cooker environment, Oisin said: "I don't even know if I got competitive, I just wanted to stay there because the craic was good.

"It was more wanting to stay to get another round in, get more experience and get as much as I could out of it. One of the chefs called me 'The Sponge' because literally everything that was going on I took it on board.

"There's no doubt that that lack of experience worked to my advantage, because I was taking on board every little thing they said because I was wanting to learn as much of it as possible."

Oisin said that he had challenged himself to learn learn something new, push himself out of his comfort zone and spread his wings a little.

“When I started cooking I wanted it to become a part of my life, and it has, because I'm now left with most it," he joked.

"It was just such a good experience and I got on really really well with the people who were there, and that definitely helps as you spend a huge amount of time just hanging about, talking, having a bit of craic.

“People don't realise, but it's so intense for those five weeks. It's really shifted my attitude towards cooking and chefs and towards how we eat and how our kids eat."

Asking my Democrat colleague what one could expect should they call round for dinner, the former Armagh stalwart said: "If someone was calling round for dinner, I would do one of two things - either Lamb rump or pistachio duck." (Ed's note - we're still waiting on that invite!)

Oisin said that he's made some firm friends from the experience.

"I've kept in touch with everyone, I was chatting to a few of them last night, so we'll meet up for for a night and a bit of craic around May I think."

At the time of going to press The Democrat was assured that there was nothing fishy going on because McConville didn't win and that it was a simple case of hard duck. Hearty congratulations and a big well done Oisin!

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