Celebrity ju­nior chefs in­spire kids at BIG4

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Sharon Small­wood

JU­NIOR MasterChef con­tes­tants Is­abella and Sofia Bliss have de­lighted chil­dren at the BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day Re­sort with their week of Kids in the Kitchen cook­ing work­shops, from June 28-July 4.

The twin sis­ters, now aged 15, ap­peared on the first se­ries of Ju­nior MasterChef in 2010 where they in­spired a national au­di­ence of young peo­ple to start cook­ing. At the end of the se­ries, Is­abella was crowned Aus­tralia’s first Ju­nior MasterChef, while Sofia made it to the top four.

The girls’ mother, Syl­vana Spina, said they re­alised how for­tu­nate they were and had been mak­ing the most of all the op­por­tu­ni­ties af­forded to them, in­clud­ing a re­cent trip to South Africa, where the se­ries was screened at the end of last year.

“It’s been won­der­ful for the girls to have all th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences and we were ex­cited to come up here as well. It’s lovely,” she said.

Speak­ing from the BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day Re­sort camp kitchen last week, Sofia said it was great to get other young peo­ple in­ter­ested in cook­ing.

“We were taught to cook, so it’s good to share our knowl­edge with other kids,” she said. Is­abella agreed. “It’s a re­ally nice feel­ing when you make some­thing that you al­ways cook at home and peo­ple tell you it’s de­li­cious,” she said.

The girls said one of their re­cent high­lights was meet­ing celebrity chef Gor­don Ram­say while in South Africa.

“He was ac­tu­ally re­ally nice to us,” Sofia said.

As for the Whit­sun­days, the girls said vis­it­ing the reef and tak­ing a croc­o­dile sa­fari were some of the most mem­o­rable parts of their stay.

“And the [BIG4] park is like a hol­i­day in it­self,” Is­abella said.

The girls held 10 cook­ing work­shops dur­ing their stay, demon­strat­ing some of their favourite dishes and home­made re­cip­ies that fea­tured on the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show.

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: Whit­sun­day kids Ge­or­gia Mearns, Mil­lie and Ruby Cran and Lily Mer­cieca en­joyed watch­ing a cook­ing demon­stra­tion by ju­nior masterchefs Is­abella and Sofia Bliss at the BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day Re­sort last week.

DE­LI­CIOUS: Twins Sofia and Is­abella Bliss shared their ju­nior Masterchef se­crets with an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence of chil­dren at BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day Re­sort last week.

IN AC­TION: Ju­nior celebrity chef Sofia Bliss mak­ing pasta in the camp kitchen of BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day Re­sort last Fri­day.

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