Chores good for Shep­pard

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - With Belinda Cipriano

FOR new mum Ruth Shep­pard, ap­pear­ing on a tele­vi­sion show was never on the cards, but with her hus­band Tom’s (29) on­line food videos spot­ted by TV scouts, she now joins him and her par­ents Deb (60) and Gary (62) on the Nine Net­work’s new re­al­ity TV se­ries Fam­ily Food Fight.

The show, which kicked off on Mon­day night, shows fam­i­lies go­ing head-to-head in a mix of fast-paced cook­ing fun as they strive to claim the cov­eted top spot and take home a $100,000 prize.

The Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent, who has a love for cook­ing, said she be­gan work­ing in the kitchen from a young age.

“My love of cook­ing comes from my fam­ily, in par­tic­u­lar my mum and dad,” she said.

“From a young age we were taught to help in the kitchen.

“I used to watch Mum from the age of about 11; we were ex­pected to cook a fam­ily meal ev­ery week - it was our job.

“When we were down at my nanna’s farm in the west of WA I’d make cook­ies and cakes with her or I’d just cook the fam­ily meal with Mum and Dad.”

The 28-year-old said view­ers of the show could ex­pect to see lots of dif­fer­ent feasts in the kitchen, where they would also show off their love of WA pro­duce and seafood.

“We were told some­one would be com­ing for a par­tic­u­lar meal and we had to cook for them,” she said.

“There are lots of dif­fer­ent meals and lots of dif­fer­ent things to ex­pect from the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We spent a lot of our time in the south of WA, we love our seafood, we love our meat, we love our fu­sion food.

“But our sig­na­ture dish would in­volve cook­ing with blue manna crab.

“We love it; we get them fresh off the beaches of WA and it’s some­thing we like to work with and it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence to hear what the judges thought of our food.

“I was ex­cited to see are we on the right track, is our food as good as we think it is and I think we made WA proud that’s for sure.”

The mother-of-one, who is also a nurse and mid­wife, said fol­low­ing their TV ex­pe­ri­ence she and her hus­band would look to do some­thing in the in­dus­try.

The show fea­tures five other Aus­tralian fam­i­lies from dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds cook­ing their fa­mous fam­ily recipes and judged by celebrity chefs Matt Mo­ran, Hay­den Quinn, Anna Polyviou and food critic Tom Parker Bowles.

Fam­ily Food Fight con­tin­ues on Chan­nel Nine.

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