Julia Peacock: Why I’ll be ‘proud’ to appear on MasterChef

Image copyright Credit: Helen Whitney Image caption Julia Peacock took up organic farming with her husband – first as an experiment and then as a way of combating Lyme disease

Julia Peacock got into organic farming because she “couldn’t stand eating chemicals”.

Today, the New York chef is among six winning candidates to be the first organic farmers to go on a reality TV cooking show.

Julia and three other would-be farmers will cook a meal in the kitchens of MasterChef next month.

The BBC spoke to the 44-year-old about diet and food.

My reaction to being on the show was of such hope and possibility. I felt a sense of fulfilment in being able to have a place on a show that’s celebrating diversity in food and chefs, something that I’m really passionate about.

It’s about making food that you’re proud of, a sustainable food that you’re proud of that people will eat that you’re proud of.

I think one of the things that MasterChef challenges the contestants to do is have these dishes that you’re proud of, and put in your mouth that you’re proud of, and you can’t leave for work the next day if you don’t have it on your plate.

It forces you to be creative, and if you’re not, you need to be creative.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Julia Peacock was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2009

It’s a joy to have a chance to take those skills that I love so much, to food, and put them to the test in the arena of TV food. I get the opportunity to showcase what’s important to me, both on and off the food spectrum.

I think many of us worry about what we’re putting into our bodies and into our environment, and for me, the idea of our food not being chemically-based is such a wonderful idea.

No matter how healthy we think our bodies are, just because something is organic doesn’t mean we’re not consuming it in any way, shape or form.

I hope that people have the opportunity to see how food is made. With that information, it would allow them to think more about the type of food that they’re consuming.

I’ve learned so much about food over the last 10 years that I wouldn’t have had unless I had a personal experience that involved food.

As soon as I started eating organically, I found a different perspective. I was drinking not only milk, but steamed milk and milk from the earth.

I found a different perspective on farms that were quite different from the ones that I had been working with before.

So over time, I’ve been really supporting organic farming and supporting the farmers that grow, process and distribute it. I have tried to involve my kids in that as well.

The most important thing I want to leave these people with is the knowledge that they have the ability to make something happen in their community. To do their part in bringing healthy food and healthier people into their community.

Image copyright Image Source/Getty Image caption MasterChef judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode will be on hand to judge the contestants

We have the ability to change the world, and we have to harness that to make things better, and healthy food a better thing, so that we can all enjoy a better life.

We also have to remember we’re a small minority of people who have a wonderful ability to impact things.

So we have to make ourselves aware that we have the opportunity to help change a lot of that.

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