Best Home Cook finalist Georgia May Salamat launches Poké the Bear with Calum Best!

Best Home Cook returned to the BBC for its second season on Thursday, January 2nd 2020, and found a culinary star in Georgia May Salamat.

Mary Berry, Chris Bavin and Angela Harnett presided over as the show’s judges, whittling down the ten cooks week by week until the final three remained.

Georgia May Salamat joined Sarah Woods and Suzie Arbuthnot in the finals, however just narrowly missed out on the top spot, coming second to Suzie.

We spoke to Georgia after the finals aired on Thursday, February 20th to find out more about what the model and budding chef is up to at the moment, plus all about her Best Home Cook experience!

Best Home Cook – Georgia

Meet Best Home Cook finalist Georgia

Georgia May Salamat is a 24-year-old model and cook from South London.

After graduating with a degree in Economics from UCL, Georgia pursued her modelling career full-time, although she’d actually been working in the industry since the age of 15.

Speaking about why she applied to the BBC cooking show, Georgia said that her sister – who is also her housemate – was the one who encouraged her.

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Georgia on the Best Home Cook experience

When asked about how she felt on making it to the top three cooks, Georgia revealed that it took her by surprise.

She explained:

When I first applied to the show, I wasn’t expecting that. I hadn’t been cooking that long. When I first went into the house, my mum said: ‘Look darling, someone’s got to be out first, it’s still such an amazing achievement.’ We all thought I’d be the first one out!

But Georgia continued to say that her progression over the five weeks of filming gave her confidence in her skills and culinary ability. She described making the final as “an incredible feeling.”

Screenshot: Britain’s Best Home Cook Georgia – BBC

Georgia’s culinary journey continued

Georgia’s career did not end at second place on Best Home Cook, in fact, that was just the beginning. Since the show ended, Georgia has decided that this is what she wants to pursue as her main career and she recently graduated as a student of Le Cordon Bleu in London.

She told RTB:

I really wanted to gain more skills and credibility within the cooking industry, so that’s why I applied to the Cordon Bleu. It has literally broadened my horizons so much.

When asked what the dream trajectory of her cooking career would be Georgia explained that having her own cook book is the aim. Georgia described that she’d place her cook book atop the mantel piece, “like an Olympic medal!”

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Georgia, Fraser and Calum launch Poké the Bear

This September 2020, Georgia has teamed up with reality star Calum Best and Fraser Carruthers – who is engaged to Made in Chelsea’s Tabitha Willett – to launch a poké delivery service.

The three stars co-own the company, however Georgia is leading Poké the Bear on the food front – she’s the executive chef!

Fraser Carruthers has said of the new venture: “Calum, Georgia and I were talking and saw an opportunity to create restaurant-grade poké, delivered directly to the customers front door. Launching in Chelsea was an obvious choice for all three of us but we have plans to take the brand across the country in the coming months.”

To find out more about Poké the Bear, you can follow the company on Instagram @pokethebearuk.

 

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