Kelsey, a self-confessed sweet tooth, says her desserts make her a stand out in the kitchen. And she says producing a great dessert is a sure-fi re way to win friends and infl uence people!
"It's all about practice," she advises. "Practice until you get a dessert right. My nan was a fantastic cook and she made an amazing cheesecake. She insisted on only ever using Philadelphia cheese for the topping and Nice biscuits for the base.
I keep practising that cheesecake so, one day, it tastes as amazing as Nan's." For Amanda, superstar cooking means adding fresh herbs and spices to ensure dishes burst with flavour. She was also inspired to cook by her Irish-born nan, and by her daughter.
"I had my daughter when I was quite young — I was 19 — and I wanted to make sure she ate healthy food and that's when I really started teaching myself to cook," she says.
"I love salads, a good chicken or fish dish and seafood and I use plenty of fresh herbs and spices so food isn't boring. You can't go wrong if you keep things simple and fresh."