Heat on lo­cal cooks

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Southern Gazette -

CHRISTINA and Ta­nia Hard­ing will siz­zle on The­Hot­plate tonight.

IT was not un­til the TV crew walked in to their res­tau­rant that mother and daugh­ter Christina and Ta­nia Hard­ing be­gan talk­ing again af­ter a three-month hia­tus.

The duo be­hind East Vic­to­ria Park icon Christina’s will give Aus­tralia an in­sight to their lives on The Hot­plate, a new re­al­ity se­ries set to air tonight.

The out­spo­ken and very hon­est duo said the show was like a ther­apy ses­sion for the whole of Aus­tralia to see.

Christina said the dif­fer­ence be­tween this show and the many other cook­ing shows on TV was the fact it was ac­tu­ally their re­al­ity.

“We own the res­tau­rant, this is us. It is our liveli­hood,” she said.

“We aren’t just some­one try­ing to change our ca­reer to cook­ing … we have been do­ing this for years.”

Twenty-one years to be ex­act. Christina’s was one of the first places to open on a then­empty Albany High­way strip and Christina said the vi­sion she had more than two decades ago for a bustling strip was fi­nally a re­al­ity.

“But Albany High­way has got so great I needed to push my­self up again, so I de­cided to do this show … Christina’s will be on ev­ery­body’s lips again,” she said.

“I have never even watched a re­al­ity show be­fore, I usu­ally think they are rub­bish. But this was ... very raw.”

The pair said at first they were strate­gic when it came to vot­ing, but once they got to know the other con­tes­tants, it was like one big happy fam­ily.

Ta­nia de­scribed the process like a roller­coaster. “It was just a mas­sive ther­apy ses­sion,” she said. “But we are very good friends with all of them (con­tes­tants) now.”

The Hot­plate airs on Chan­nel nine tonight at 7.30.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Christina and Ta­nia Hard­ing will fea­ture on The­Hot­plate tonight.

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