MasterChef: Professional star Monica Galetti says she wasn’t prepared for the limelight when she joined the BBC show and admits she had panic attacks

The 45-year-old chef, who became a 2009 hit program judge, has been referred to as “bad Monica” by some viewers

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, she said, “I just wish they’d come and tell me in the face”

“I was just a simple cook, that was all that was important to me, and then suddenly ended up on TV

“There was no preparation on what would happen if you took part in a TV show to deal with negative feedback about who you are, what you do, and why she has a tattoo on her wrist

Galetti said she was pushed into “another world” with the TV show, just as social media “just started”

“For me, I was just doing one job and maybe talking too much in the beginning, like you did as a cook,” so she “realized” that she needed to be less direct

“Did I take care of it? I just stopped watching the show,” she said “Whenever it was outside it gave me a panic attack because I knew it was happening”

Galetti admits that she has not seen the program “because it received a lot of negative feedback”

“Some nights when the time came, I would jump in bed with my daughter just to shut it out,” she said

“At some point you harden yourself and learn to ignore it. It is not really a judgment on who I am as a person, mother, as a cook”

However, Galetti told Lauren Laverne it was “amazing” to be part of the popular show, and said the “encouragement” and “discovery of new talent” brought her great satisfaction

She continued, “You see a lot more women in the kitchen these days definitely in my own kitchen, “she said

“I remember there were months when I was the only woman in this kitchen But I think over the years the mentality has changed It’s okay to ask for help with difficult things too instead of trying to be as strong as the guys

“I know in my kitchen the best way to get the most out of my team is not to yell at them”

“Yes, you will lose your temper if something goes wrong you will yell at the situation,” but she prefers “to ignite it instead of just constantly belittling it telling them they are no good

Desert Island Discs can be seen on BBC Sounds and on Sundays at 11am on BBC Radio 4

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