Masterchef star’s recipe for suc­cess

Mir­ror wel­comes a new food col­umn from chef

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

The Mir­ror is thrilled to in­tro­duce one of New Zealand’s high­est pro­file am­a­teur chefs as our new­est food writer. Ar­row­town woman Bec Stan­ley be­came a house­hold name when she com­peted to be­come New Zealand’s first Masterchef Duo with friend Jaimie Stodler ear­lier this year.

The pair ended up run­ners-up to sis­ters Karena and Kasey Bird from Maketu but have been in hot de­mand since.

Stan­ley, mother of Char­lie, 9, Os­car, 7, and Willi, 5, has been busy giv­ing demon­stra­tions for cor­po­rate events, the Queen­stown Win­ter Fes­ti­val and fundrais­ers for the likes of Ron­ald McDon­ald House, lo­cal Scouts groups and Ro­tary.

With a busi­ness part­ner she has also de­vel­oped a bot­tled min­eral wa­ter prod­uct they are now ready to take to the mar­ket in China, tar­get­ing af­flu­ent Chi­nese with dis­pos­able in­comes.

‘‘Now we’re try­ing to find a dis­trib­u­tor in China – which is the hard part.’’

Ready to turn her hand to some­thing else in the food in­dus­try, Stan­ley is now keen to share some of what she learned with Mir­ror read­ers.

‘‘It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for me to be able to pass on some of the knowl­edge I learned in the com­pe­ti­tion and to demon­strate to people that cook­ing can be fun, easy and not a daunt­ing task.’’

She promised to keep the recipes she shared with read­ers cre­ative, healthy, af­ford­able and yummy and would use lots lo­cal and sea­sonal pro­duce - ex­pect to see a duck recipe soon.

While some recipes would be suit­able for a fam­ily meals, oth­ers would be the kind of thing you could serve at a din­ner party to im­press the guests.

There would prob­a­bly be quite a strong Asian in­flu­ence, given the years she had lived in the re­gion, she said.

Hus­band Toby and the boys would likely be the guinea pigs for much of what she would pre­pare.

The blokes in her life were also a large part of the mo­ti­va­tion that got her through three months of film­ing last year and it was great to be able to show her kids it was cool to do some­thing out of her com­fort zone: ‘‘To be crit­i­cised and take it on board and then get up and try harder.’’ ◗ Mas­ter­class with Bec Stan­ley – page 18

Photo: DEB­BIE JAMIESON 629632600

Foodie’s wis­dom: Bec Stan­ley, New Zealand Masterchef duo run­ner up with Jaimie Stodler and Ar­row­town mum, starts as theMir­ror’snew food writer this week.

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