The best cook on show at the 2016 EKKA

Rosie presents The Art of Show Cook­ing at event

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­

SHE has been cook­ing com­pet­i­tively since she was 16 and now, at “70 years young”, is more pas­sion­ate than ever about food.

With count­less school lunches and Sun­day roasts tucked into her apron, Rosie Streat has cooked her way through the Bris­bane Ekka’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Rosie’s daugh­ter, Rox­anne Har­ney, said her mum’s cook­ing had won count­less prizes at the Childers Show over the years.

“And now just made a name for her­self at the Ekka,” Mrs Har­ney said.

Mrs Streat, now liv­ing in Ca­bool­ture, spends most of her time cook­ing or read­ing recipe books.

At the Ekka this year Mrs Streat pre­sented a demon­stra­tion with the celebrity chef, Do­minique Rizzo.

The de­li­cious demon­stra­tion at the Ekka was called The Art of Show Cook­ing.

There is great skill in show cook­ing and Mrs Streat has won prizes from Ip­swich, Boonah, Mt Gra­vatt and the Ekka to Childers, Mun­dub­bera and Mackay.

She has en­tered count­less com­pe­ti­tions, win­ning too many to name or even re­mem­ber.

Even with a savoury tooth, be­tween shows Mrs Streat en­joys mak­ing jams, pre­serves, lol­lies and cakes for fundrais­ers, fetes and mar­kets.

She also used to do a lot of cake ic­ing, es­pe­cially spe­cial oc­ca­sion fruit cakes.

Mrs Har­ney said her mum dec­o­rated her wed­ding cake.

“Plus she has won lots of prizes at the Childers Show and now judges the cook­ing; she knows her stuff,” Mrs Har­ney said.

“She made her recipe for co­conut ice, which has mashed potato in it (don’t knock it till you try it) and was a huge suc­cess at the Ekka.”

While she cooked, she an­swered ques­tions and gave tips for show cook­ing such as:

“Fol­low the in­struc­tions to a T in the show sched­ules.

“Sizes of tins are very im­por­tant, even a frac­tion out can lose you that first place,” Mrs Streat said.

Mrs Streat said show cook­ing should be fun and done with love.

“The key to suc­cess is in the fin­ish and pre­sen­ta­tion,” she said.

There were only three demon­stra­tions in The Art of Show Cook­ing se­ries, with the three “top” show cooks from around the south-east Queens­land re­gion.

Mrs Har­ney said from the Childers Show alone, her mum had won the Ruby Gar­diner Award for Cook­ing Ex­cel­lence (a sil­ver tray) nine or 10 times.

She now judges at some shows and is pleased that some of her grand­chil­dren have started en­ter­ing cook­ing in the shows and have a pas­sion for food like she does.

There is noth­ing like home cook­ing and for Mrs Streat cook­ing and food has been her pas­sion for more than 50 years.

With her count­less wins across the state, she has one goal and prize to bring home.

“The only cook­ing prize that has eluded me, is the rich fruit cake at the Ekka, but it is my goal to win that one year,” Mrs Streat said.

The key to suc­cess is in the fin­ish and pre­sen­ta­tion...

— Rox­anne Har­ney


SHOW COOK­ING: Rosie with Do­minique Rizzo at the Ekka.

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