It’s become quite the norm to share piccys of our home cooking on social media, whether we’re showing off our ambitious culinary skills or just how artfully we’ve arranged the food.
However, sometimes, others just aren’t tempted by our foodie pics, no matter how lovingly they’ve been prepared. This is perhaps illustrated by the story of ‘Carol C’, an enthusiastic home chef who was roasted like an overcooked chicken on Rate My Plate.
Her post ‘Bacon, Eggs and Beans by Carol C’ was met with more screams of horror than lip smacking, with foodies left confused and grossed out by the unappealing mish-mash of sludgy beans, eggy jumble and still-squealing bacon:
In the comment section, Carol C’s grimly presented plate was thoroughly chucked against the wall, with some very harsh – but admittedly side splitting – critiques from the Rate My Plate community.
One aghast critic exclaimed:
What did you cook that in Carol, the fucking tumble dryer?
Carol do you put it on the plate with a fucking catapult…..
The post quickly reached near mythical status, even appearing on an episode of This Morning.
Carol C has now been revealed to be Carol Carr, a 25-year-old cleaner from Gateshead, near Newcastle upon Tyne.
Carol, who’s declared Jamie Oliver to be her favourite chef, has now spoken out about her social media fame with iNews:
I’m alright with it. I don’t mind negative comments, I just keep on doing what I like. My main hobbies are cooking; I try to stick with tradition.
She proceeded to explain the unusual appearance of the eggs:
It all depends on what I’ve cooked with the eggs. If I’ve done bacon and eggs, I’ve used the same pan so I put the eggs in after cooking bacon. If I’ve cooked just eggs, the eggs tend to be in one piece.
Carol also spoke out about that now infamously undercooked bacon:
Maybe it looked undercooked but that was because of the type of bacon it was; I cooked the bacon for longer. I understand everyone sees things in a different way.
If you don’t follow Rate My Plate on Facebook, I suggest you do, its worth it just for the comments on meals prepared by Carol C alone.
— Claire Todd (@rainbowchaser79) February 6, 2019
Adam's new favourite Facebook page is 'Rate My Plate' 😋😷
Our favourite is Carol C's breakfast 😂 pic.twitter.com/ekCon9IkKF
— Capital Yorkshire (@CapitalYorks) February 7, 2019
If you ever want a good laugh go to rate my plate on Facebook and look for Carol C’s food 😂😂😂😂
— Emma Kirwan (@Emmakirwan5) February 14, 2019
During the interview, Carol offered some sound advice to other cooking enthusiasts:
Never give up cooking just because you get negative reactions, and keep on trying. Cook what you like to cook; it’s not always about the presentation – it’s the taste too.
To be fair to Carol, sometimes you order a beautifully presented meal at a restaurant that ends up tasting like a moldy sponge.
A food stylist she may not be, but perhaps ‘Bacon, Eggs and Beans by Carol C’ needs to be tasted to be appreciated?
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications. When not Lad-ing about, she enjoys cooking, reading and trying not to fall over in Yoga.