Bradford on Avon
Food & Drink Festival


Posted on March 29, 2021


"I come from a family of cooks, my nanny Pearce was a wonderful cook who baked beautiful cakes and dishes. My mum is a fabulous cook of really good traditional food and my dad, who has always worked in food sales, would go to the markets and bring home different and interesting foods. My brother Colin and I share a great passion for food.
Food is an absolutely solid and integral part of my family life, both when growing up and now. It represents so much more to me than just food - the best times are always when good food, family and friends surround you.”

Speaking on the inspiration for entering the MasterChef competition, Jane said:
“My youngest, Ben, had been pestering me for a couple of years to enter and on a whim last year we filled in the form together. I really wanted to just immerse myself in the whole food process and do something just for me where I could concentrate on something I loved.”

In the final episode Jane explained that she has spent the last ten years fighting cancer and has been in remission for the last three years.

“There was a time when I thought I wouldn’t be here; it’s been incredibly tough, a really horrible time, a very scary time. You’ve got to get through these things, and with my children there’s no way I was going to give up. You have to try and survive and I’m one of the lucky ones.”

On her MasterChef journey, she continued: “It’s been an amazing experience, one that just takes you out of your comfort zone and shakes you up; I wouldn’t have swapped it for the world. On a personal front, I wanted to prove to myself how far I’ve come. I am determined not to be defined by things that have happened to me in the past and instead proud of what I can achieve now and in the future.”
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Finalist Series 8 Great British Bake Off.