Monica Galetti said she took a step back from her role as a judge on MasterChef: the professionals due to his mental health.
The TV chef has served on the spin-off series judging panel alongside Gregg Wallace and Marcus Wareing for 14 years.
However, last month Galetti announced that she would not be appearing in the upcoming series in order to focus on “my loved ones and rebuilding my kitchen team”.
Appearing on The only show On Thursday (May 12), Galetti said things got “very dark” with his mental health.
The chef, who works at Mere’s restaurant in London, said: “I’ve only been able to dedicate time to the show – it’s three months – when my team is strong and I can have the balance between family, the restaurant and all my other commitments.
“At the moment things are out of sync…I’m trying to spend time with my family, I have a sick nephew I’m trying to see again and filming was starting at the same time.”
She continued: “I’m running out at the restaurant, I mean right after that I’m back in my kitchen. I just found out I couldn’t handle the balance this time.
“Something must have given for my own sanity, it was starting to get really dark…Sometimes you just can’t do it all.”
Galetti’s nephew, Otis, is currently undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a desmoplastic small round cell tumor.
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However, the cancer is terminal, Galetti said in an interview with The temperature that he was told he had three months to live.
“We are told that it is not a cure. It’s just to save us time,” she said.
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