UK Masterchefs get a good taste of region
MORE than 20 million viewers of the popular TV show UK Masterchef were treated to a glimpse of the Douglas region this week.
Two segments of the top-rating series’ final show of the 2011 season were filmed locally in the Daintree and Port Douglas.
The three finalists were given a masterclass in bush cooking at the Daintree Ecolodge and Spa, using local ingredients such as kanagaroo, crocodile and lilli pillies to cook up a storm for Kuku Yalanji staff and friends.
“The producers seemed most interested in the natural attractions of the region,” Eco-lodge co-owner Terry Maloney said.
“They were particularly keen on the ’world’s oldest rainforest, world’s oldest culture’ angle.”
A second segment was filmed in Port Douglas, with the amateur chefs preparing a course for a wedding feast.
Mr Maloney said the Eco-lodge had featured in TV shows which had reached more than 140 million people since January, including the Oprah Winfrey Show.
“I think it’s important to promote the region, and what we’ve been doing lately has certainly got the word out,” he said.
“Matty Hayden was here recently, and he blogged to 3.5 million people from the Daintree.
“He’s going to keep plugging the region, which is great for everyone.”