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Our go-to girl for laughs and giggles, Holly Carpenter, was sent home from the Irish Celebrity Masterchef kitchen last night.

While the judges didn't fancy her Malteser cheesecake dessert (we, on the other hand, would have gobbled it down), Holly kept her head up high.

While speaking to Shemazing! last week, the model admitted that it would have been worse if it was a competition for something she actually did as a living.

"It's totally different from when I was on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model. Like, modelling is what I do for a living, so if I messed up on that competition, I would have felt really bad about it.

"But I really chose to do Masterchef to have a bit of fun, learn a bit more about cooking and really challenge myself."

Moving on from all things food, it's safe to say that Holly has made herself into something of a Snapchat star in recent years, and with Kris Jenner and Ashton Kutcher fans of her work, we'll take any tips on how to become a star of the snaps.

So, how does Holly have such a huge fan base? Well…

She knows her target

"You have to figure out who you want to appeal to on Snapchat. What age group or what demographic? Are they into make-up, dogs, health or fitness? Who do you really want to appeal to and who do you actually want as a follower," says Holly.

 

She's selective

"At the stage I'm at now, I have brands contacting me, asking to collaborate. But sometimes you have to say no if they don't appeal to your audience. So, don't just put something up for the sake of it. You have to be really selective in the subjects you cover – especially starting off."

 

She talks

"I know this might sound silly, but I actually talk to my followers. It's 90 percent about what you say, and only 10 percent about the picture. I find if you talk to them and talk them through what you're doing, you'll see a big reward."

 

And for anyone who is only beginning their Snapchat career, Holly believes taking on board these seven tips will get you off to a great start:

  • Put your idea and what you want to do (to make you stand out from the crowd) down on paper
  • Write down what excites you first, and then what you think will excite your audience
  • Follow who you aspire to be like
  • Plan ahead – write down an outline of what you want to cover in the next week/month
  • Have a backlog – in case you're busy one week, you'll have something to go back to so your Snapchat doesn't run dry
  • Don't compare to others – everyone is at a different place in their life
  • Believe you can do it

Holly thinks it's all about longevity and hopefully with these little tips, you'll be soaring before you know it.

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Holly Carpenter is a woman of many talents, not only is she former Miss Ireland and a killer model, but she also has food, beauty, fashion and yes, Snapchatting down to a fine art.

With Irish Celebrity Masterchef kicking off next Monday, January 16, Holly is ready to show her skills, although even she admits that her skills aren't that of a top chef.

"I'm a little bit competitive on the show, my skills were quite basic to start off with, but then again, it's not my job. If I owned a restaurant in Ireland, it would be totally different because that's a day-to-day job.

"But I really chose to do Masterchef to have a bit of fun, learn a bit more about cooking and really challenge myself."

 

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If you follow Holly on social media, then you'll know all about her drool-inducing foodie snaps, and she insists that making food is pretty enjoyable to her – with the Instagram snaps being an added bonus.

"I really enjoy cooking and take my time with it. But, I'm not saying I'm the best. The stuff I make is pretty basic, like avocado on toast or oat pancakes. But add a few chilly flakes to your avocado and you have a cute picture to post on Instagram. So it all works out!

"It just shows that you don't need to be extremely skilled to have a healthy, tasty meal."

We couldn't agree more. How many of us totally forget those cooking skills we learned in Home Ec?!

 

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And as for where she gets her love for cooking? Of course, it was her mam.

"My mum was always cooking and baking. That's where I get my love for desserts from. She was always making desserts and I would get to decorate them with her."

Holly admits that it's either "go hard or go home" when it comes to indulging in sweet treats like her mother's desserts.

"I can't just have a piece of chocolate and then stop eating it. If I'm going to have something unhealthy, I might as well just eat it all. It's go hard or go home with food for me."

 

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But the model still keeps her great shape and puts that down to not being too strict on herself and having cheat days.

"I have intended cheat meals, whether it's pizza or cake, like, I won't say no to it. But I have those specific days when I know I'll be able to indulge in something.

"Especially over Christmas, it's so hard to avoid over-eating. There's so many dinners, and drinks and nights out. It's just about putting back in some control now."

 

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And as for what we can expect from her Masterchef debut? 

"You'll see that I can get a little bit flustered at times, but I was still kind of competitive. It's totally different from when I was on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model. Like, modelling is what I do for a living, so if I messed up on that competition, I would have felt really bad about it.

"But I really just wanted to challenge myself with this one, and you'll see what happens."

Sure, isn't it normal to get a bit flustered? We can't wait to see what Holly cooks up on Monday, and even more so, we can't wait to see the little bit of mischief she'll bring to the show.

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With the likes of Nadia Forde, Samantha Mumba and Holly Carpenter, we thought this year's Irish Celebrity Masterchef would be different than any other.

But it turns out, the judges are not impressed by the contestants.

 

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An inside source said: "It was all about creating a dish which reflected the identity of each celebrity cook. Honestly, nobody dazzled us.

"Our celeb cooks wouldn't be up to the standard of the top amateurs we get on Masterchef," the source told the Irish Sun.

 

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"That said, during Tuesday's task some of our celebs surprised us with dishes, proving they have been listening to the advice they'd been given."

We can't wait for this to air!

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Millie Mackintosh is super excited about her return to our TV screens!

But Made in Chelsea fans shouldn’t get too excited just yet, as Millie will actually be starring in this year’s Celebrity MasterChef.

Taking to Twitter to reveal the exciting news, the 24-year-old said, “Very excited to announce I will be taking part in the next series of celebrity @MasterChefUK!”

Millie will appear on the show next month with former JLS singer JB Gill, I’m a Celebrity… winner Christopher Biggins and actress Amanda Burton, to name a few.

Professor Green’s other half has made no secret of her fondness of experimenting in the kitchen.

Over the past few months the celebrity has shared pictures of her favourite dishes on Instagram.

Just last week the reality TV star posted a snap of her latest meal with the caption, “Steak mince, guacamole, tomatoes, cheese and sprouts all crammed into lettuce wraps! #healthy #yum #sprouts.”

Doesn’t look half-bad Millie!

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Last night marked the end of this years MasterChef. Emma from SHEmazing! TV caught up with this year’s winner Diana Dodog earlier today. Check out the video for all the goss!

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Masterchef Ireland is returning to our screens tonight.

With the high standards that have been shown in the last few years, we can’t wait to see what this year’s amateur chefs have in store.

During the launch of the TV programme, Dylan McGrath addressed why he enjoys doing the show and the growing awareness of food in Ireland: “We do the show because we have a ball making it and also because it is giving restaurants the boost they need. I think it is an incredible time for restaurants in Ireland … Ireland has become a real food nation.”

Dylan McGrath runs the famous Rustic Stone restaurant on George’s St  as well as Fade St. Social on Fade St. in Dublin. He will be joined on Masterchef Ireland once again by Nick Munier, co-owner of Pichet restaurant in Trinty Lane, Dublin.

Masterchef Ireland will air Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8.30pm on RTÉ  One.

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