The best cook on show at the 2016 EKKA
Rosie presents The Art of Show Cooking at event
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.