MKR stars hit re­sort

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Dane Lillingstone dane.lillingstone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

IF YOU’RE a fan of Chan­nel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules, then you should’ve had your pa­parazzi hat on in Air­lie Beach on Satur­day.

A few tele­vi­sion stars from the pop­u­lar cook­ing pro­gram checked in to Coral Sea Re­sort on Satur­day.

Mackay lo­cal Della Whearty is no stranger to the re­gion.

“I’m al­ways in Air­lie. I love it here, it’s awe­some. I went to Schoolies here,” she said.

Her foodie friend and MKR part­ner Sarah Tully met her hus­band in the re­gion.

“I first went to Mackay to do my nurs­ing grad­u­ate year and I met my hus­band here. Della in­tro­duced us,” she said.

Della was a big fan of the show and they both de­cided to ap­ply three years ago but were un­suc­cess­ful.

“We got an email again this year and we filled out the ap­pli­ca­tion form and here we are. It was a bit of a dream,” Della said.

Bris­bane sib­lings Amy and Tyson Murr were also en­joy­ing their time in the re­gion.

“I’ve been once, a few years ago now for a hol­i­day,” Tyson said.

“I loved it back then and I’m ex­cited for this week­end.”

It was Amy’s first time to the re­gion.

“We’re go­ing to try and see as much as we can,” she said.

“I’ve never been be­fore so driv­ing in, Della and Tully be­ing lo­cals, they were like ‘wait, the best view is com­ing up in a se­cond. Look over that crest, you see all over the beau­ti­ful wa­ter’.”

Although the teams were only spend­ing one night in Air­lie, Della said she al­ready had a plan for how she would spend it.

“Ev­ery time I come to Air­lie I lit­er­ally eat seafood and drink cock­tails. That’s it. I plan to do the same,” she said.

“I used to like go­ing to Fish D’vine as a starter. I like Paddy Shenani­gans. It’s the best, I love it.

“Ev­ery­one in Mackay has been the best, espe­cially our fam­i­lies in Mackay.

“I think that’s the most ex­cit­ing thing that’s come from it, rep­re­sent­ing the re­gion.”

Catch the teams on Chan­nel Seven from Mon­day to Wed­nes­day at 7.30pm and Sun­day at 7pm.

PHOTO: DANE LILLINGSTONE

STARS IN TOWN: My Kitchen Rules teams, sib­lings Amy and Tyson Murr and friends Della Whearty and Sarah Tully, at Coral Sea Re­sort on Satur­day.

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