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Students follow MasterChef dream

Junior MasterChef contestants and their families celebrate the finale of the popular program aired on Monday night.
Junior MasterChef contestants and their families celebrate the finale of the popular program aired on Monday night. Chanell

WHEN Simon Bliss's twin daughters cook him a meal he knows it's going to be top notch.

The Marmor Primary School principal's twin girls, Isabella and Sophia, are no ordinary kitchen cooks.

While the girls were battling it out in the Junior MasterChef Australia kitchen, Simon and the small school community at Marmor were following their culinary journey on TV.

Simon Bliss moved to the small Central Queensland town of Marmor in April to fulfil a contract as acting principal before he returns to his family in Brisbane next month.

After finding out their new teaching principal was the dad of the twins, the students and the whole Marmor community followed the girls' journey.

They both made the top 50, out of a massive 5500 children, and together got through to the top four before Sophia was eliminated last Sunday night.

Australia's favourite mini-chefs served up a delicious feast for the Junior MasterChef Australia finale on Monday night.

Isabella competed against Jack, also 12, from Tasmania, in two pressure cook-offs to take home the top prize of $15,000.

Simon said like every other Australian, he followed his girls' experience on Channel 10 before being a part of the finale in Sydney (see photograph).

He said his nine students at Marmor Primary School, about 40km south of Rockhampton, felt privileged to have a local link to Junior MasterChef.

“The students have been so excited to be a part of something so big. They feel like they know the girls through me. It makes the opportunity to achieve their dreams more of a reality,” Simon said.

As well as following the program, the students were involved in cooking activities, experimenting with some of the twins' family recipes.

Simon, a very proud father, said his daughters, who used to help out cooking pizza when they were two, put their heart and soul into their MasterChef experience and hope to some day open their own Italian restaurant called Is-sofia.

Their Italian food is inspired by their nonna Rosa and mother Sylvana.

“My mother-in-law was honoured to have her recipes cooked by the girls on the national stage. Food is life for the Italian community,” Simon said.

As well as sharing a passion for cooking, the twins also share a passion for writing their own songs.

CULINARY REPERTOIRE

A taste of what Isabella cooked on the program:

Ricotta gnocchi with eggplant sauce;

Nonna's cotelette;

Spaghetti with Nonna's snail sugo;

Scallops with garlic custard and seaweed broth.

Source: www.masterchef.com.au



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