North-East’s Stacie Stewart ‘loved every minute’ of Food Glorious Food

Food Glorious Food judge Stacie Stewart    � Optomen / Syco

Food Glorious Food judge Stacie Stewart � Optomen / Syco

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THE woman with the most distinctive hairstyle in the baking world may have been pipped to the post of winning Food Glorious Food, but Stacie Stewart says she’s loved every minute of being a TV talent judge.

Viewers last night saw the Star Bistro Pimm’s summer jelly, chosen by the beehived Roker chef, vie for the top spot in the Simon Cowell-produced cookery show.

It narrowly missed out on scooping the title of the nation’s favourite recipe to a fragrant white chicken korma, which will now be on sale in Marks & Spencer nationwide.

The dish’s creator, Rahila Hussain from Yorkshire, has also scooped £20,000 after the public chose the overall winner following a taste test.

“I’m so proud of Star Bistro and I’m sure this won’t be the last we hear of them,” said Stacie. “Rahila’s korma is one of the best I and the other judges have ever tasted.

“I urge everyone to go to Marks & Spencer and try it – all the profits go to Great Ormond Street children’s hospital.”

About 3.5million people have been tuning in to ITV for the past nine weeks to see Stacie and fellow judges chef Loyd Grossman, food critic Tom Parker Bowles and Anne Harrison from the WI give their verdict on home-made dishes.

Simon Cowell and his production company, Syco, chose Stacie to be one of the four judges thanks to her successful bakery business and outspoken views on baking.

“Simon has said he loved the show, and he said he’s been really pleased with me as a judge,” said Stacie, a former St Anthony’s pupil.

Appearing on the show has opened many doors for Stacie, whose debut cook book Stacie Bakes has gone on to sell more than 30,000 copies, and she has become a regular on cookery shows such as Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.

“I’ve absolutely loved being on Food Glorious Food,” said the 31-year-old. “Everybody says I’m their favourite judge, but then they probably say that to everyone. The response has been brilliant and I would love for it to get a second series.”