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Sussan stars in the kitchen

Monday, 29th July, 2013

Kitchen Cabinet host Annabel Crabb managed to get politicians Bill Heffernan and Sussan Ley to open up about their fascinating lives. Kitchen Cabinet host Annabel Crabb managed to get politicians Bill Heffernan and Sussan Ley to open up about their fascinating lives.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Federal MP Sussan Ley’s culinary skills will be judged by thousands tomorrow night when she stars on ABC1’s hugely successful TV show Kitchen Cabinet.

In a first for the show, the federal member for Farrer flies host Annabel Crabb out to Mount Gipps Station to cook a classic country roast inside an historic shearers’ kitchen.

The hit ABC program is now in its second season and sees politicians drop their slogans and their guards and open up over a home-cooked meal.

“Broken Hill is a place I haven’t been to for a few years and it was lovely to be back there,” said Ms Crabb, who brought daughter Kate and her parents along for filming.

“One of the reasons I wanted to do a show with Sussan is she had this incredible life story and it’s something people don’t really know about.”

Ms Ley has been a farmer, punk, economist, air traffic controller, aerial stock musterer and sometimes a gun-toting shearers’ cook.

“She’s had two kids, she’s run a shearers’ shed and done so many things with her life and she’s got some pretty amazing stories to tell.

“I was really keen to get all of those stories out of her and I was also really keen to do it in the shearers’ kitchen.”

Ms Ley was joined by renegade senator Bill Heffernan who Ms Crabb had to task with stringing beans so he could say he helped.

“Bill came in and blustered about rustling sheep.”

The episode will air on ABC1 tomorrow at 7.30pm.

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