A HISTORY lesson will be dished up to viewers as a Wearside author joins historians as they help judge a kitchen contest.
Horrible Histories writer Terry Deary was invited to join University of Cambridge’s Classics professor Mary Beard and Dr Lucy Worsley, the curator of Britain’s Historic Royal Palaces, at Hever Castle as part of the semi-final of this series of Masterchef.
The programme, to be screened on BBC at 8pm tonight, sees them make meals created by the castle’s chef John Campbell, who has held Michelin stars in three restaurants, with each of the five taking on one of the dishes.
The Kent castle was home to Henry VIII’s ill-fated second wife Anne Boleyn, with Terry sworn to secrecy about which chefs are up for the chop from the challenge.
However, he confirmed the party was not presented with gruel as part of their menu.
Terry said: “It was a beautiful evening.
“I’m not a historian, I’m a runner, and I haven’t got the best palate in the world, but it was a wonderful experience.
“There was food I would probably never got to try the like of again.”
Terry’s Dangerous Days of the Roman Empire book is being followed up this month with Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways.