"I was asked to do MasterChef but I said, 'You have to have a certain level of expertise. You can't have someone who can't do it, like me, or you are going to look an idiot...' I can't cook a single thing. I was recently asked if I could bake a cake for a magazine as a proper pastry chef and, of course, it turned out like some horror story." Actress Lesley Nicol admits she has no culinary skills, like her Downton Abbey cook Mrs. Patmore.