Master Chef participants Justine Schofield (left) and Marion Grasby were helping out at Jamie’s Ministry of Food flood relief program.
Master Chef participants Justine Schofield (left) and Marion Grasby were helping out at Jamie’s Ministry of Food flood relief program. David Nielsen

Cooking stars join relief effort

THEY withstood the pressure in the TV kitchen and now MasterChef contestants have used their talents to help out an Ipswich flood relief program.

Thanks to The Good Guys, Jamie’s Ministry of Food Ipswich has been feeding the people of Ipswich since last Wednesday.

Looking to increase their support of the program and raise the spirits of the Ipswich community, MasterChef participants were flown in last night to lend a hand at the Ministry of Food centre.

As part of the night locals had the opportunity to rub shoulders with contestants Marion Grasby and Justine Schofield and Junior MasterChef winner Isabella Bliss, while enjoying hearty lamb rogan josh.

Ms Grasby, who grew up in Brisbane, said after seeing footage of the floods on a holiday in Thailand, she had wanted to do whatever she could to help those impacted by the disaster.

She said she had jumped at the opportunity to come to the city and help buoy people’s spirits while they enjoyed a home cooked meal.

“Just being able to sit down at a table and share a meal is a special thing,” Ms Grasby said.

“It is hard sometimes to know how to help in times like this.

“I’m hoping to sit down with a few people and have a chat.”



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