Diary: Barrett gets the chop

Universal McCann's Amanda Barrett made a heartfelt bid to join the ranks of the celebrity chefs last week when she appeared in MasterChef.

Sadly, though, the media industry's attempts to turn some of that lunching experience to good use fell flat after the radio specialist was knocked out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.

So it's back to the pressures of media buying for Barrett, whose raw lamb and undercooked potatoes were not enough to convince the judges to put her through.