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Menna Bennett at her home in Illingworth, practicing to make trifle on The One Show.
Menna Bennett at her home in Illingworth, practicing to make trifle on The One Show.
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IT was no trifling matter for one Halifax chef as she tested her trifle recipe on the nation – and triumphed.

Menna Bennett, 62, of Moor Bottom Road, Illingworth, appeared on Friday’s BBC 1’s The One Show.

She was one of three competitors and was named winner of the “Trifle Factor”. Her creation was selected after submitting her version of the 1969 Good Housekeeping book.

“I never thought mine would be posh enough,” said Menna. “The whole thing is homemade. It was just amazing.

“I honestly never thought I’d win. I’ve never done anything like this before,” said the mum-of-two.

Menna beat two other competitors after Jay Rayner and chef Angela Gray named her the winner before her culinary creation was put to the taste test with the One Show audience against another celebrity chef.

The praise from legendary food critic Jay Rayner left her speechless.

Menna was then crowned the Trifle Factor but it wasn’t the dessert which prompted dozens of text messages and phone calls – it was sitting next to X Factor judge Gary Barlow, who gave her trifle the final, winning, vote.

She was presented with a commemorative cut-glass bowl, naming her winner of “Trifle Factor”.

Her trifle is totally homemade from the sponge, jam and custard to the soaked cherries.

Keen baker Menna was taught to cook by her mum and dedicated her win to her children – Mark, 36, and Vanessa, 33.

“It just shows you, life takes you through ups and downs. Mums are always proud of their kids and for them to be so proud of their mum, that’s amazing.”