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PUBLISHED: 10:56 03 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 August 2010

EXPERIMENTAL chef Heston Blumenthal praised a mother-of-two s invention of a new kitchen utensil. Margaret O Callaghan, 65, of St George s Road, Bickley, met with the Michelin-starred cook, famous for his unlikely combinations such as egg and bacon ice

EXPERIMENTAL chef Heston Blumenthal praised a mother-of-two's invention of a new kitchen utensil.

Margaret O'Callaghan, 65, of St George's Road, Bickley, met with the Michelin-starred cook, famous for his unlikely combinations such as egg and bacon ice cream, where she presented her 'scrudle' as part of a competition.

She was short listed from hundreds to become one of 10 finalists in the Finish Diamond Standard Innovation Challenge but is keeping her patented design under wraps until the winners are announced.

If she wins she will receive a package estimated to be worth at least £50,000, including a £10,000 in cash and the opportunity to work with kitchenware company Lakeland to develop her product.

Mr Blumenthal said: "Margaret really impressed us on judging day - her presentation was fluent and confident and her product was innovative, practical and something that I can actually see myself utilising in the kitchen."

When asked why she entered the competition, Mrs O'Callaghan said: "I enjoy a challenge and am always coming up with inventive ideas to make life in the kitchen easier, so when I saw it advertised I thought, why not go for it."

But the world renowned chef is remaining tight-lipped on who he thinks will win the contest.

He said: "I can't give too much away at the moment as the winner is yet to be announced, but there were a couple of finalists who really stood out and made me think 'why didn't I think of that'. For me those were the moments when I thought, this could be the one."

The winner is due to be announced in October.

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