Recipe to Riches’ road to the grand final
Family secrets helped Ramsay Horton’s recipes, writes Darren Cartwright
OVERSEEING his grandmother cooking while battling dementia was heartbreaking, but it led to Ramsay Horton winning a preliminary round of Recipe to Riches.
Horton, who turned 24 on Monday, says his grandmother struggled to remember the exact recipe for her traditional meatballs from one day to the next.
Inevitably she would add the odd ingredient or two each time she was in the kitchen and it was during a trial-anderror dish that she stumbled upon a fabulously tasty meatball.
But nobody in the family knew what she added to make it so special.
So Horton watched his nan continue to make them and kept notes and finally worked out what she had done.
After nine years of perfecting the dish, Horton entered exotic chicken and pork balls in the party food section of the Channel 10 series Recipe to Riches.
Horton’s grandmother died a year ago but on Tuesday he collected $10,000 for his nan’s accidental dish, which landed in Woolworths as Horton’s Jangles.
Horton says one of the key ingredients his grandmother dropped into her recipe was water chestnuts – and they were a game changer.
‘‘When she cooked, sometimes it worked and other times it didn’t and we’d say let’s start again,’’ Horton says.
‘‘You had to be there to see how she made things because she didn’t actually repeat it the next time.
‘‘It would come out different each time and it was part of the fun. It made light of a very difficult situation.’’
Horton is the 11th and final episode winner of Recipe to Riches.
Finalists will film the show’s grand finale in Sydney this weekend. They include Texan-born Gold Coaster Vicki Cameron-Smith, creator of Sweet Billie’s chocolate sandwich cookie which walked off supermarket shelves early in the competition.
The Recipes to Riches winner will collect $100,000 and a Woolworths partnership.
The series’ winning recipe will be determined by sales figures at Woolworths supermarkets over a fourday period after the airing of each episode winner.
The winning amateur cook receives $100,000 and joins forces with Woolworths to produce a line of products.
‘‘If I won, I’d like to be able to release all the different types of jangles that I’ve been making over the years,’’ Horton says. ‘‘It would be good to make into a range and not just one product.’’
Recipe to Riches: Tuesday, 7.30pm, Ten, Ten SC