With the Masterchef UK 2019 knockout week heating up, the competition is only getting tougher and tougher.

Jilly McCord is the Scottish ex-rugby player, turned teacher, turned maestro chef, who is winning the judges favour.

Here’s what you need to know about Jilly.

John Torode and Greg Wallace.

Who is Jilly McCord?

Gillian McCord (A.K.A. Jilly) is one of the contestants to beat on Masterchef 2019.

She wowed the judges with her delicate, precise cooking and her pastry skills in the quarter-finals.

Jilly posts all of her cooking triumphs to her Instagram @jillymccordcooks and also cute pics of her sausage dogs Lucy and Steffi!

What did Jilly do before Masterchef 2019?

Jilly used to play for Scotland’s National Women’s Rugby team. She even played at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2006.

After she retired from the sport, she taught History at Dollar Academy in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. And still does to this day.

We even found her on ratemyteacher.com where she has five-star reviews from her students!

It sounds like Jilly can take on anything she sets her mind to.

Shannon Willoughby of New Zealand is tackled by Iona Frickleton #2 and Jilly McCord #4 of Scotland during Women’s Rugby World Cup 2006 in Alberta, Canada.

 

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