I don’t know if any of you have been watching the episodes of Celebrity Mastermind but in our house we are Sky plus-ing them like mad, for sheer entertainment value.
The nation’s favourite reality TV star, Stacey Solomon (X Factor finalist, I’m a Celebrity winner and face of Iceland…the shop, not the country) was on Episode Two. I missed her specialist subject round where she managed 6 points for her in depth knowledge of The Inbetweeners, but tuned in just in time to see some classic answers in the general knowledge round.
For her first question John Humphries asked her what was the classic sparkling wine named after the region in north-east France where it originates. Stacey, bless her, paused and thought long and hard but when Humphries helped her with the words “a sparkling wine?” she answered with the words, “Jacob’s Creek?”
Her knowledge of Britney Spears and the island of Ibiza helped her to gain a couple of points before she cracked me up with her answer to the question “Which breed of dog includes springers and cockers?” – “Cockapoo?”
Even though she only scored 10 points in total I thought she was brave, if misguided, to appear on the show. However she seemed unconcerned at her performance and cheerily announced she just wanted to ‘do everything’ before she dies. If this includes bombing on a quiz show then good luck to her and, as she was raising money for charity, she got a round of applause from us.
Wish I could say the same for poor old Michel Roux Jnr, Michelin-starred chef and Celebrity Masterchef presenter. In Episode Four he made the fatal mistake of choosing a specialist subject related to his job, the culinary bible which is Escoffier’s Guide to Modern Cooking. Michel started badly, not knowing the London hotel where Escoffier had been based in 1899, and then imploded, only scoring four points. He didn’t know his chestnuts from his raspberries and got his garnishes all muddled up. I’m convinced if he’d been asked to name the mixture of butter and flour used to thicken sauces, he would have passed on that too.