Walled Garden patron Sophie is Celebrity MasterChef

Finalists Charley Boorman & Jodie Kidd with Sophie Thompson
Finalists Charley Boorman & Jodie Kidd with Sophie Thompson

Beating 20 celebrity contestants for the Celebrity MasterChef trophy, Glenfinart Walled Garden patron, Sophie Thompson triumphed in the gruelling 6-week BBC contest.

Judge John Torode praised Sophie’s culinary creations for being “Original, exciting and daring”. Fellow judge Gregg Wallace said “Sophie’s food is very much like her, it’s original, it’s individual, it has a style, it’s different. She creates some absolute delights on a plate, they look like little stories to me; they just look amazing.”.

Sophie beat off other finalists Charley Boorman and Jodie Kidd.

"Original, individual and with style" - One of Sophie's MasterChef dishes
“Original, individual and with style” – One of Sophie’s MasterChef dishes

Celebrity MasterChef is available on the BBC iPlayer until 25 July.

Busy week for Walled Garden team

Glenfinart Walled Garden was host to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Community Partnership last Thursday when its new Directors and Staff enjoyed a familiarisation visit to this Ardentinny, community-based project. Their visit comprised a guided tour, some welcome tea and home baking and the all-important expansion of the garden’s & Partnership’s ‘network’.

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Walled Garden produce on sale at Blairmore market.
Lynn at the Burgh Hall event.
Lynn at the Burgh Hall event.

On Saturday members of the Trust manned the Glenfinart Walled Garden stall at neighbouring Blairmore Village’s Local Produce Market. Sale of the garden’s produce netted £115.50 in addition to much-appreciated donations. At the same time, Trust Secretary, Lynn Kerr represented the garden at Dunoon Burgh Hall’s Community Fair. Another excellent networking event!

Glenfinart Walled Garden is open daily from 12-4 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.