Conor Pope: My day working in MasterChef judge Daniel Clifford’s kitchen
Our writer is put to work in the two Michelin-starred kitchen of chef Daniel Clifford, and gets the Celebrity MasterChef judge to spill the beans on the stars
Conor Pope: "Chopping cabbage does not seem like a plum job, but he makes it clear it can be done wrong." Photograph: Alan Betson
Chef Daniel Clifford (right) lending a helping hand to celebrity MasterChef contestant, actor Simon Delaney
"There are nine chefs working alongside me, and for the guts of an hour, no one says a word. Nothing at all."
“You know he’s one of the most terrifying chefs in Britain, right?” I look aghast as Irish Times food writer Marie-Claire Digby finishes briefing me on Daniel Clifford, the man with two Michelin stars over the door of his Midsummer House restaurant in Cambridge.
No, I did not know that. And had I known, I might not have been so quick to sign up to a day working in his kitchen. In truth, until she started speaking, the only thing I knew about Clifford was that he was one of two chefs replacing Dylan McGrath and Nick Munier as judges on Celebrity MasterChef at its new TV3 home – with Robin Gill, the Irish-born, London-based chef, being the other.