The winner of Jewish Mum of the Year is Sandi Firth!
Mazel Tov Sandi on your achievement!! In last night’s episode Sandi fought off 7 other mums (not literally!) to be crowned Jewish Mum of the Year. This also means that Sandi will become the new agony aunt of The Jewish News so she’ll be listening to all your problems and I can finally go on that holiday to Israel I’ve been planning!!!
Thank you so much to Sandi for this exclusive interview!!
First things first:
Chopped liver or herring: Herring!
Bagel or Chollah roll: Hmmm Bagel but soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside!
Salt Beef or Smoked Salmon: Smoked Salmon obviously!
OK, so tell me, how did you get involved in the show?
Well, I saw an advert in a magazine J-Life. This ad really spoke out to me, probably because it said “ARE YOU A JEWISH MOTHER??” And I said “Hey, I’m a Jewish Mother!!”
The competition sounded like a lot of fun and my daughters were really supportive so I went for it!
Who was your favourite mum of the show?
Hmmm. There were some mums that I really liked and some mums who I really didn’t like!! But mum’s the word!
So what was your favourite task on the show?
To be honest, I really didn’t have a favourite. They were all so gruelling and so challenging!
In episode 1, I had to make cocktails and fruit sculptures for 174 people! In episode 2, I had to deal with Daniel and Ruth (oy vey!!!). Episode 3 was hard work trying to entertain the oldies and episode 4 was seriously hard work for a kiddush!
It was a very challenging few weeks. Daniel and Ruth obviously gave me the toughest time. But I wouldn’t have had it any other way – it would have been boring otherwise!!
What did you discover about yourself during the programme?
During this show, I’ve found out that I can sculpt fruit (who knew!) I also discovered after impressing the retirees on the bus that I’m not bad at magic . So yes, I can sculpt fruit and do magic, but I don’t think I’ll be trying match making again and I think you know why!!!
Anything else about the show?
Well not only were the tasks really challenging but we filmed everyday for 12-15 hours! That’s a really long day! They didn’t do our make up for us, we had to find time to do that ourselves. It’s not like we had much privacy during those days, it was very full on.
Having said that. It was extremely well organised. The production team and The Jewish News were fantastic.
What does the future hold for you?
Well it’s funny that you say that. I’m going to be doing fruit sculpting at simchas!! I’ve even been booked for a Barmitzvah! (send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book Sandi!!)
Although I’m from Leeds, I’m going to stay in London for a bit, I like it here.
(Probably because you found Brent Cross my dear!)
On behalf of the entire community, I would like to wish Sandi a hearty Mazel Tov on winning the competition. Sandi was strong throughout, she was never rude and was a great contestant. Well done you!
Another hearty Mazel Tov to Melissa Langley Wise, Dena Addlestone and Janet Dunn Altman for winning a personalised bag each!!! You voted for Sandi to win and were selected from the prize draw! I will be in touch later today!!
A couple of people have been asking me about a Jewish Mother membership. Well, like many Jewish Mothers, I can’t say no! So membership will be coming soon! Watch this space!!
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