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Hiya! – Finn and Raine – Reaching for the Stars (Janice Horton)

I’m delighted to say that I am sitting here today with  celebrity chef Finn McDuff and Thistle  journalist Raine Sandersonand they have agreed to give me an exclusive interview.


Thank you both for meeting me. I want to get to know you guys a little better if that’s ok?

Raine. ‘Hi Lou, nice to meet you!’ (Enthusiastic smile)

 Chef McDuff. (Just nods his head and grunts)

So, Raine, tell us how you two first met?

 Raine. ‘Well, I went to interview Finn, erm I mean Chef McDuff, at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh on the morning after he’d won his three Golden Stars, but it didn’t go very well, did it….?’ (laughs)

 Chef McDuff. (Boyish grin) ‘Well, that was my fault. I was badly hung-over but luckily Raine took pity on me. She put me on the front page of the biggest newspaper inEdinburgh and said nice things about me when everyone just wanted to pull me down.’

 Raine. ‘I just wanted everyone to know how fantastic he is, that’s all. I mean, you know he’s the youngest and yummiest chef to ever win three Golden Stars, don’t you?’

 Chef Mc. (Shrugs)

Chef McDuff, soon after that you closed your restaurant, gave back your stars and abandoned your new TV show, then you went missing – why did you do that?

 Chef Mc. (Sighs and rakes through his long unruly hair with his big knarled hands) ‘I suppose I just needed time off the grid. My third wife decided to leave me just as I’d won my third star and the irony of that was lost on no one, least of all the press. The media intrusions were just too much and I was starting to suffer terrible stress. The day I leftEdinburgh, the paparazzi were swarming like flies outside my house. I had no choice but to escape…’

 Raine. (Reaches out to take his hand) ‘The press were printing some awful things about him and none of it was remotely true!’

 Chef Mc. ‘At one point they were dragging the rivers and lochs for my body!’ (He snorts with laughter at this…)

Raine, is it true that an ex-newspaper colleague of yours, Ross Campbell, was behind a scandalous campaign to hunt down Chef McDuff and expose him?

Raine. ‘I think it’s fair to say there was media frenzy and Ross was certainly behind most of it. It was a worrying time, especially as I didn’t have a clue where Finn (Chef McDuff) was either. He didn’t call me!’

 Chef Mc. ‘That was because I found out my phone had been hacked!’

And what about the vengeful lady chef, Anna James, is it true she wanted to take revenge on you for closing down your restaurant?

 Chef Mc. (Leans forward to raise both his hand and the tone of his Scottish accent). ‘I think if you read ‘Reaching for the Stars’ you will find out what really happened with Anna and why she was so angry. It had nothing to do with me closing the restaurant…!’

Raine. (Quickly interrupting) ‘Actually, I think you’ll find ‘Reaching for the Stars’ is about the bitter side of being famous and about celebrities  having feelings just like normal people. That said, the ingredients of this story are not just about angst, anger and tempers reaching boiling point (pauses to roll eyes) there is also the author’s (Janice Horton) trademark dark humour cooking up a storm throughout….’

Thank you both so much for your time. It has been wonderful to meet you


Story Synopsis:

Scottish celebrity chef Finn McDuff is media stalked and disillusioned after winning his third star and losing his third wife. He decides he’s had enough of all the food campaigns, the TV cookery shows, the constant frenzy surrounding his private life and, after giving up all his accolades and closing down his restaurant, he disappears into a self-imposed exile.

 With the enfant terrible of the kitchen missing, two rival newspapers, having lost their media meal ticket, compete against each other to whip up further public curiosity in the missing chef.

 Love him or hate him, everyone is out looking for Chef McDuff. Who will find him first and whose side will you be on…?

 Buy ‘Reaching for the Stars’ now at the special launch price of just 99p


 About the author:

Janice lives in Scotlandand writes romantic novels with humour which are, for the most part, inspired by the beauty of the heather-filled glens around her country cottage. When Janice is not writing novels, she write lifestyle articles and has had work published in national and international magazines and regional newspapers. She is also the bestselling author of ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’.


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Hiya! – Quinn and George – Strings Attached (Mandy Baggot)

I’m delighted to say that I am sitting with George Fraser and Quinn Blake and they have agreed to give me an exclusive interview.

Thank you both for meeting me. I want to get to know you guys a little better if that’s ok? George you are looking very toned and bronzed in your customary black and white work outfit. Quinn, you look gorgeous as always in your jeans and Strings Attached t-shirt


George, you successfully run your own catering business called Finger Food. What made you set up the business and what other options of names did you come up with?

GF – (laughs) I did come up with a few other names actually but they weren’t that good! At first I thought along the lines of ‘Food of Fraser’ but decided it sounded too much like House of Fraser. Then I considered ‘Fraser Foods’ but it just didn’t feel right. We do food you can eat with your fingers so ‘Finger Food’. It says what we do and that’s important when it comes to marketing the business.

I set the business up on my own after I qualified at college, started small and built the business up slowly. Gradually work increased and now we’re pretty much busy every day!

QB – I like Food of Fraser – that sounds cool.

GF – Yeah but Finger Food is punchier isn’t it? Michael thinks so!


Oooo minor spat! So, tell me a little about the people that work with you. I can see your brother Adam, Curly Shirley, Helen and Welsh Marisa over in the kitchen behind us. What would they hate people to know about them!!

GF – Marisa would hate for me to tell you that she actually came to work this morning in six inch heels and Helen (her mother) made her take them off. She’s wearing a pair of my boots now and hasn’t stopped moaning about it for a second. Adam would hate for me to tell you that he has a crush on Marisa and Helen would hate for me to tell you that her hands swell up when she carries shopping bags. Curly Shirley won’t care what I tell you as long as somewhere along the line she gets a date out of it.

Quinn, you are an international rock star – what first brought you to the UK?

QB – I thought it was about time theUKrock fans got a flavour of my music. I haven’t toured outside of theUSyet but there’s been a lot of interest this side of the pond and all venues are already sold out which is amazing.

I bet you have met some amazing celebrities in your time. Who was the best and why?

QB That’s a toughy but I’m going to have to go with the actor Nicholas Kaden (Excess All Areas). He’s doing some amazing charity work right now and that’s what being in the spotlight is all about. I’m hoping to start a Quinn Blake music academy some day where people with talent can learn how to grow and develop their natural ability.

Which musician inspired you to become a singer?

QB Wow, that’s a good question. If you’re asking who inspires me I’d have to say Bryan Adams. He’s been at the top of his genre for four decades and still fills stadiums. That’s something I aspire to, definitely.

Is it true Quinn that you are often seen flying about the UK in a helicopter. Do you hold your own licence or have a pilot?

QB I don’t have a licence to fly but I should shouldn’t I? I have a great pilot called Ian who gets me where I need to be when I need to be there. I should arrange some flying lessons though that would be cool.

I would like to get a bit personal now if you don’t mind. (Michael your PA Quinn said it would be ok!!) Tell me how you two met?

QB We met just the other night actually.

GF I offered him some canapés.

QB From an empty tray.

GF Finger Food is an extremely professional catering company.

QB With a hot MD

GF You can’t say that in an interview

QB This is only going out in theUKisn’t it?

What’s next for you both?

GF Finger Food are catering all of Quinn Blake’s after-show parties inBasingstokeand we have functions lined up for the rest of the year and through into 2012.

QB I’m sure I can swing some more parties your way.

GF That would be good.

QB Yes it would…sorry Lou, distracted. Me and the band are headed toManchesternext and then Glasgow, then we’re returning to theUSfor a couple of dates back there.

I know you both love your music, I just wanted to know if you had ever heard of the new You Tube phenomenon that is Mandy Baggot? She is an amazing author of four books currently available, but also a fabulous singer. Have you seen her?

She has an amazing voice and I can’t believe The X Factor turned her down for the live shows. She should come to theUSand try out forAmerica’s Got Talent because she does have talent – by the truck load.

GF I love her voice too. I only wish she would teach Marisa to sing properly. I’d like to hear her try some Billy Idol.

Thank you both so much for your time. It has been wonderful to meet you.


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