SHE IS the Hampshire housewife who won MasterChef after capturing the hearts of viewers and exciting the tastebuds of judges.

Egged on by her four children, Jane Devonshire applied to take part in the show and embarked on a career as a full-time chef following her triumph.

Now Jane is set to wow foodies at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, which starts on Tuesday.

She will display her culinary prowess by cooking a mouth-watering meal using a variety locally sourced produce from across the county.

Jane has specialised in producing gluten-free dishes since her youngest child was diagnosed with coeliac disease when he was two years old.

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A show spokesperson said: "After her demonstration visitors can meet Jane at the Hampshire Fare stand in the Local Produce Market, where she will be signing copies of her latest book, Hassle Free Gluten Free.

"Since winning MasterChef in 2016 she has tested herself further by working with a number of top chefs at their restaurants."

Jane will stage her demonstration at The Kitchen, a display area sponsored by the five-star Chewton Glen Hotel in New Milton.

The spokesperson said: "The Kitchen will also feature cooking demonstrations from top local chefs each day, including Matthew Whitfield from the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu and James Durrant from the Ideal Collection.

"James joined Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in the Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, shortly after it had won its third Michelin star."

Celebrity-watchers will also be looking out for actor John Challis, who played dodgy dealer Boycie in the TV comedy classic Only Fools and Horses. John, 76, has hired one of the 600 trade stands and will be selling copies of his latest book.

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Sue Holderness, who played Boycie's wife Marlene, visited the show in 2011.

The three-day event at New Park, Brockenhurst, is a celebration of rural life and draws about 100,000 visitors from across the south.

One of the main attractions at this year's show is the Heavy Horse Musical Drive.

Sixteen pairs of horses will perform in time to military-style music as they criss-cross the arena, showcasing their agility and the skill of the drivers.

The spectacle was devised by organisers of the Horse of the Year Show, who felt the audience should have something to watch while the ground was being harrowed during show jumping contests.

Tractors were replaced by heavy horses who performed to music as they harrowed the ground between classes.