So close for Julia

Julia with This Morning's resident chef Phil Vickery
Julia with This Morning's resident chef Phil Vickery

HER speciality dish may not be up on the specials board in the Rovers Return any time soon, but a pie-making extraordinaire says she will never forget her “memorable day” live on TV.

Julia Kiss, 46, spent a day with the stars after making it through to the final three in a competition on ITV’s This Morning.

Julia and her sister Karen with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

Julia and her sister Karen with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

The hospital worker was hoping her corned beef and potato pie would impress the panel of celebrity judges, with the winning dish being written in to a storyline on Coronation Street.

But Julia’s hopes were dashed after her pie was beaten into second place by just two votes.

Despite the disappointment of just missing out, Julia said she thoroughly enjoyed her brilliant experience in the capital.

“Obviously I was disappointed not to win, but I had an absolutely fantastic time.” she said.

“ITV also paid for my sister Karen to come with me.

“After a night in a hotel, a car picked us up and took us to the studio.

“We were waiting in the green room and there were celebrities buzzing about everywhere, I even had my make up done next to Coleen Nolan.”

The dishes of the final three contestants were judged by This Morning’s resident chef Phil Vickery, television personality Paul Ross and Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, who plays Jason Grimshaw.

“I thought I was going to win at one point.” said Julia, who lives in the Fens area, and works as an information analyst at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

“But my score off Paul Ross wasn’t very high and that let me down a bit.

“But you can’t win them all, it was great fun being filmed and was an extremely memorable day.”

Julia made it to the final three thanks to the help of Mail readers who went online and helped her rack up enough votes.

She said: “I have to say a big thank you to the Mail and the readers for all their help.

“I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy such an experience if people hadn’t took their time to vote for me.”

Her appearance on live television wasn’t the first time Julia had made it to the latter stages of a competition.

She enjoyed a cruise around the Mediterranean last year cooking with Jean Pierre White after winning a GMTV competition.

And she said she has every intention of continuing to enter competitions in the future.

“Taking part in competitions is a brilliant hobby and it throws up some really unexpected prizes.” she added.

“I brought back my pinny with me this time as a souvenir from the day.”