A couple of Hunter cricketers have traded in their bats and pads for wooden spoons and aprons, ready to cook up a storm for two of Australia’s most well known chefs and a bunch of strangers on TV.
Keen observers of Channel Seven’s cricket coverage recently might have noticed the familiar faces of Luke Stewart and Matt Gawthrop on an ad for the next season of My Kitchen Rules, which will start at the end of this month.
For those a little unseasoned among us, the show involves teams of two cooking a three-course meal for celebrity chefs Manu Feildel and Pete Evans, as well as the other pairs they are competing against.
If that’s not enough pressure, they then have to stand stand in front of a camera and listen to feedback about what they’ve dished up – and let’s face it, if the comments were always positive it’d be boring TV.
Their adventure in the TV kitchen comes about six months after 28-year-old Novocastrian Reece Hignell made it to the top six in the 10th season of MasterChef on rival network Ten.
Topics understands the boys haven’t made it to the crease much this season as they’ve filmed their parts for the popular show and Channel Seven hasn’t announced when their episode will go to air.
Stewart, a batsman/wicket keeper, plays for the Maitland area Northern Suburbs first grade side.
Gawthrop has captained the University of Newcastle’s Sea Dragons and averages 30 with the bat. Both have played some rep cricket.
This column contacted the show’s publicist on Wednesday to organise a chat with the Hunter cooks, but they are being kept on the boil a little longer before being put up for interviews.
Topics’ sport correspondent Josh Callinan lived with Stewart for 12 months about a decade ago.
He says he’s still waiting for the budding chef to cook him dinner.
Lots of love for Lamby Lamby
“Who doesn’t love a good news story?” the NSW Police Rural Crime squad asked on Facebook on Tuesday.
Officers based at the squad’s Muswellbrook office reunited a pet lamb with its owner – a young girl – after the creature was found this week.
The eight-month-old Border Leicester cross called Lamby Lamby had been missing from a property at Dry Creek, about halfway between Scone and Murrurundi, since last October.
Police said Lamby Lamby was orphaned at birth and had been hand-raised by the child before wandering off about three months ago.
There were plenty of well-wishes on the Rural Crime Squad’s Facebook post, with many people obviously familiar with the missing lamb happy to hear it had been reunited with its young owner.