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COOK­ING in front of a TV au­di­ence four nights a week is enough to make even the most pro­fes­sional chef quake in their boots. But for the four Shahrouk sis­ters, com­peti­tors in Nine’s new re­al­ity cook­ing se­ries Fam­ily Food Fight, it was just an­other day in the kitchen.

“I am telling you – it’s 50 peo­ple at a min­i­mum that we nor­mally cook for [each week] – but that can get up to 100,” says Halla Shahrouk, 45, who is tak­ing part in the show’s quest to “find Aus­tralia’s num­ber one food fam­ily” with sis­ters, Houda, 43, Rouba, 40, and Leann, 39.

Le­banese Aus­tralians, they come from a fam­ily of 11 kids. Need­less to say, fam­ily get-to­geth­ers can be more than a lit­tle hec­tic. “Dad in­vites ev­ery­one,” Halla says. “If neigh­bours hear some com­mo­tion ... and they come to the gate and say, ‘ What is all this?’ Dad will be, ‘Oh th­ese are just my chil­dren’, and then he’ll in­vite them in for a feast!”

The show fo­cuses on the chaos and ex­cite­ment of get­ting six di­verse fam­i­lies to­gether to com­pete in the kitchen. “The vibe [on set] was amaz­ing,” says Shahrouk. “They were all fam­i­lies and they un­der­stood how get­ting to­gether over meals makes a fam­ily come to­gether.”



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