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Life of pie for MasterChef contestant Sweta

Islington peace activist wins over judges on hit BBC cooking show

16 March, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Sweta Choudhury: ‘It was fun because it was challenging to come up with a dish I hadn’t eaten before’

SHE may have never eaten a pie until recently, but MasterChef contestant and Islington peace activist Sweta Choudhury won over judges with her first serving of the classic dish.

PhD student Ms Choudhury, 33, has made it through to knockout week of the hit BBC cooking show after putting her skills to the test, creating a chicken and leek pie.

Guest judge Jay Rayner asked them to bake a pie, making their own pastry.

“It was fun because it was challenging to come up with a dish I hadn’t eaten before,” said Ms Choudhury. “I tried it a couple of times when practising for the show but there was nothing I could compare it to. I’m a pie lover now.”

Sweta with fellow MasterChef contestants

And the judges including Gregg Wallace and John Torode weren’t Ms Choudhury’s only fans on last Friday night’s episode.

Labour leader and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn is considered one of her friends, sending her a “well done” message after she was one of two succeeding to the next round.

She met Mr Corbyn through the Stop the War Coalition and she is now a Labour activist.

“I think he’s been watching it, I’ve cooked for him a couple of times,” said Ms Choudhury.

“I just love cooking, I’ve always wanted to have my own restaurant. The competition is really good, but I think with the timing you have got so much to do in that limited time frame and I’m a very leisurely cook.”

MasterChef continues tonight (Friday) at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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