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

“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.

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