Locals star in cookbook

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Locals star in cookbook

A TALENTED cook from Wonthaggi and a labrador named Sultan from Foster will take centre stage at the Royal Melbourne Show this week.

Best-selling author Liz Harfull brings to life stories from behind the scenes of the mysterious world of show cooking, in her book, The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook.

The book captures the stories, secret tips and first-prize winning recipes of cooks from across the country, including 18 Victorians.

Regional cooks featured in the book include Cheryl Russell from Wonthaggi. She is a member of the Showgirls group of women that meet in Wonthaggi to work on their show skills: craft, cooking, and growing flowers and vegetables.

Sultan the Labrador was entered in the Foster Show’s popular pet competition by Eva and Graham Goldie.

“Reflecting the natural talent of his breed, Sultan was signed up for the Champion Chewer event, which rewarded the fastest eater,” Liz explained.

“He remained the undefeated champion for the next 10 years, even after being handicapped with twice as much food as any other dog. And along the way, because it proved so much fun to be participants in the show and not just spectators, he inspired the Goldie family to enter other sections.

“Before too long they were joined by Genevieve and Jim Fahey. For the past 12 years the two enthusiastic families have been competing for their own private cup which goes to the family that wins the most prizes across the show.

“It’s got to the point where there are four generations involved, with as many as 20 people competing across 50 classes.”

Keeping skills alive: Cheryl Russell from Wonthaggi and fellow members of the showgirls.

Keeping skills alive: Cheryl Russell from Wonthaggi and fellow members of the showgirls.

Sultan and a trophy from the Foster Show. Photo: Jan Gallacher.

Sultan and a trophy from the Foster Show. Photo: Jan Gallacher.

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