2014 National Barbeque Champions and local ladies, Veronica Rebellato and Ann Tildsley may not have made the finals of the new reality show, Aussie Barbeque Heroes, but they have done themselves, their families and their community proud with their efforts on the Seven Network television series.
The National Barbeque Championships president, Chris Roylance, was approached by the network to submit teams to audition for the show earlier in the year. A number of teams were submitted and the process began in May and continued until filming commenced in September. Veronica and Ann cooked every day for three months, experimenting with different flavours and cooking techniques. Every stage was documented with photos and recipes which was all part of the competition process.
Finally, nine teams of two were chosen and accepted the challenge to test their cooking skills against one another with contestants hailing from all around Australia. Three teams compete each week in the heats and every dish they produce must possess the three elements the judges, Robert Murphy, Jess Pryles and Ben O’Donoghue are looking
for; flavour, presentation and technique.
The girls featured in the first episode and met the two timed challenges, Prawn Supremacy and Gang-Lamb Style, head on. The ladies had to prepare and cook the two different types of meat and present them to the three judges complete with a side. They had a full pantry of fresh and packaged ingredients to choose from and Veronica and Ann were impressed with the quality of the ingredients.
Although a little disappointed that they did not make it through the first heat, the ladies have really enjoyed the experience and have made some great friendships with the other contestants.
Aussie Barbeque Heroes will continue on Wednesday night on PRIME7 commencing at 7pm and viewers can follow the progress of the teams and the eventual naming of the 2015 True Barbeque Hero.