More on Pookie’s food inspiration
Pookie, 45, is a Beauty Salon Owner from Solihull.
Speaking about her food inspiration, she told the BBC: “I was born in Bangkok and grew up in Thailand.
“I am Thai with Chinese heritage and although this has a huge influence on my cooking, I don’t limit myself to Thai-Chinese food.
“I like cooking international foods but love introducing my own style with all the foods I’ve cooked.
“Most of all I want my food to be flavoursome, delicious, fun and put a smile on people’s faces.
Speaking about why she wanted to enter MasterChef, Pookie said: “Friends had often encouraged me, saying my style is very unique and finally my husband made me apply.
“I’d never really thought I was good enough to enter a competition such as that, but one day I just decided to go for it.
“I’m not super competitive but I love cooking, so I will give it a go, have fun and who knows how far it will take me! I’d like to show the world my Pookie Style.”