SHE’S been dubbed a “beehive baking sensation” by the national media thanks to her distinctive hairstyle.
But Stacie Stewart says she won’t be tuning in when she makes her debut as a prime time judge.
The 31-year-old gastronomic guru from Roker – who has been snapped up to appear on Simon Cowell’s new cookery show Food Glorious Food – says she is too overly critical when she watches herself on TV.
But appearing on the nation’s screens and on newstands is something she is going to have to get used to, when the prime time show airs on ITV from Wednesday.
“Being recognised is starting to happen more already and the show hasn’t even aired yet,” she told the Echo.
“Neighbours in the street say they saw me on This Morning and on TV adverts which is really weird.
“I won’t be watching all of the series, I hate watching myself back. I was there so I know what happened.
“No matter what happens with the show and its popularity I’ll still be going to Morrisons on Saturday morning in my pyjamas and duffle coat.”
Stacie spent last summer travelling the country with fellow judges Lloyd Grossman, food critic Tom Parker Bowles (son of Camilla) and Anne Harrison, vice-chairwoman of the WI, on the hunt to unearth a home-made recipe which is good enough to be stocked on the shelves of Marks and Spencer nationwide.
Hosted by Carol Vorderman, the nine-part series sees contestants battle it out in a bid to impress judges with their sweet and savoury dishes.
Stacie, who rose to prominence after appearing on Masterchef and in the This Morning kitchen, said: “It’s something that’s never been done on TV before because it’s people’s recipes that they’ve passed on through the family.
“It’s not like Masterchef where you have to improve week on week, you just have to have one recipe that you think is worthy to be on the shelves at Marks and Spencer.
“Everybody that is in the programme has a real passion for cooking and there are about five recipes that I tasted that I thought, ‘wow, this is really unique,’ and I’ve had a go at making them myself.”
To coincide with the launch of the show, Stacie has published her first book, Stacie Bakes, which features recipes she was taught as a child by her nana.
To celebrate its launch she will appear at prestigious London store Fortnum & Mason for the next two weeks hosting cookery demonstrations, with a Sunderland launch due to take place in the coming months.
The former St Anthony’s schoolgirl will be joined by fellow judges at Sony Records on Wednesday, for a transmission party to mark the first episode of Food Glorious Food.
Back on Wearside, her mum Julie Baluch and Stacie’s beloved dog Percy will be at the family home tuning in.
“Mam’s proud as punch,” said Stacie. “She works at Morrisons in Seaburn and she always says ‘that’s my daughter’ when I’m in any of the papers and magazines.”