UK Masterchefs get a good taste of re­gion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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