Recipe to Riches’ road to the grand fi­nal

Fam­ily se­crets helped Ram­say Hor­ton’s recipes, writes Dar­ren Cartwright

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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

Ram­say Hor­ton

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