“Its almost time for Meg to serve.”
Despite bowing out of the latest season of Masterchef, Penwortham chef Meg Long has gone viral across social media over Easter weekend – but not for her cooking skills.
Meg Long was taking part in the 18th season of BBC One’s long-running food competition. She was one of 45 applicants chosen to share her cooking skills with millions of viewers across the UK.
But the vegan radio producer, who splits her time between Manchester and Penwortham, instead became the subject of a viral meme – which showed her ‘preparing to serve’ her dishes. The images have even been shared by Grammy Award winning Megan Thee Stallion.
Sadly Meg, who runs a vegan-based Instagram account @offtheeatentrack_, did not make it through to the next round after appearing on the show last week. Despite this, she feels ‘proud’ of herself and her appearance continues to make the rounds on the internet after she was turned into a meme.
“I am so proud to have even been on the show. I had a Facebook memory pop up the other day from 2011 saying ‘can’t wait to watch MasterChef’. It’s funny to think I’ve been on a show I’ve been such a fan of since I was 13. It is a surreal feeling to imagine your younger self would be proud,” she said.
“I got to cook two dishes I love and the judges loved the flavours of my signature cauliflower dish, which is such a compliment. I created all the recipes myself and feel I got to show how inventive I can be with vegan food. It was such an incredible experience and I am so overwhelmed by how supportive everyone has been.”
Meg grew up in Preston and eventually went on to study at Newcastle University. She wanted to go onto the hit show in an attempt to prove ‘a misconception that vegan food can’t have the same amount of flavour as non-vegan dishes’. She added: “plant based food is just as delicious, if not more so.”
Meg decided to stop eating meat and become a vegetarian at just 12-years-old. Her love for cooking and her skill is entirely self-taught and she loves to make food inspired by the countries she has travelled to or dreams of visiting.
“I am going to carry on creating vegan recipes and sharing them on my Instagram,” she continued, “the judges overwhelmingly liked the flavours I created and that’s the sort of recipes I create, they’re big on flavour.
“I’ll continue to be a champion for vegan food tasting delicious and I am excited to see what is in my future! I would love to one day create a cookbook but for now you can find all my recipes, completely plant based of course.”
The meme of Meg consists of a clip taken directly from the BBC show. It shows her making the final touches to her dishes while the voiceover narrates what is happening. The narrator says: “Its almost time for Meg to serve.”