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Knives out for Masterchef title

Friday, 11th May, 2012

AT THE READY: Summa Gobell, Glenn Williams and Michael Hanley are set for the cook-off tomorrow night. AT THE READY: Summa Gobell, Glenn Williams and Michael Hanley are set for the cook-off tomorrow night.

By Emily Roberts

Broken Hill’s own version of “Masterchef” is on this weekend and the three local contestants have a big task ahead of them - cooking for 60 people.

The reality television show “Masterchef Australia” has made waves across the nation and a local woman, Charmaine Byrne, came up with the idea of having BH Masterchef as a fundraiser and for entertainment.

Michael Hanley, Summa Gobell and Glenn Williams are the contestants in the competition.

“It is a charity event and we could do something now while Masterchef is on TV. I thought it would be a good time to do it,” Mrs Byrne said.

“I love food but I can’t cook so I thought this would be a good idea.”

Mrs Byrne said she put a message on the social networking site Facebook about the event and how people could apply.

“We wanted people not to have any qualifications; no TAFE certificates or chef training,” she said.

“We had eight people apply and from that three were chosen. We chose the three from their reputation around town and from references other people.”

People attending the night will be treated to a nine course degustation menu and all the food will be cooked on the night.

The contestants have teams to help them prepare and plate the food as well as serve it.

“There will be an entree, main and dessert from each contestant,” Mrs Byrne said.

There are 60 people attending and the guest judges include Lee Cecchin from TAFE, Natalie Robinson, a cook at Al Fresco’s, Dr Steve Flecknoe-Brown and Georgie Blore from the BH Tour de Foodies.

Mrs Byrne said the money raised from tickets sales and raffles will go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

“We’re hoping to raise $3000,” she said. “It was so popular, the tickets were sold before we have printed them. We are looking to hold another one soon.”

The Masterchef competition will be held tomorrow at the Italian Club.

The winner receives the title of “Broken Hill’s Masterchef”. Entertainment will be provided by Mariah and Lisa Byrne.

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