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One-time Sydney bar manager Courtney Roulston made
a name for herself as a finalist on the Ten Network's Masterchef
program. Now that the dust has settled, Roulston has been
doing the rounds of some of Sydney's most acclaimed restaurants at
Cockle Bay, playing host to a series of webisodes that highlight the
chefs and the great cuisines on offer.
Roulston, who grew up in a large family with six kids, remembers
family dinners with fondness. "When there are so many at the dinner
table it meant you had to be quick!" she recalls. "Dad would often
have to serve up dishes to make sure all of us got the same amount. I
think this made food in our family a real focal point."
According to Roulston, everything revolved around food. "Whether
it be birthdays, Christmas, Easter... it was always a feast. Although I
didn't know it at the time, I would say now that I have come from a
foodie family. We never had a lot of money to buy fancy things or eat
out a lot, but we never missed out.
"Our holidays were spent fishing, prawning and catching crabs
at our holiday house. We also had a vegetable garden at home filled
with sweet corn, tomatoes, lettuce to name a few. Originally it was a
chicken pen where we would collect fresh eggs, but soon after Dad
started racing greyhounds, the chooks disappeared!"
Roulston confesses she'd always tinkered with the idea of having
a career in food and that getting into Masterchef was the push she
needed to help "make that dream become a reality".
"Getting on Masterchef was without a doubt the
most exciting thing I
have ever done. I had been
running a lawn bowls
club for 13 years before, and
knew I should have been
working with food but lost
track of time and got so
comfortable that I did not
know where to start... I
have taken away from the
show a stack of good memories, a lot of new friends, and a foot in the
door to a lot of exciting food adventures."
These days Roulston is filling her time shooting a series of webisodes
called 'Signature Dish', centering on the restaurants at Cockle Bay
"I think Cockle Bay has been the forgotten place to dine. It is only a
couple of minutes walk from the city, offers some fantastic food with
a great view and a very relaxed atmosphere. My job as host is to go
behind the scenes at the restaurants to see their must-try dishes. I was
very honored to be asked to host the webisodes, they were a lot of fun
Asked if she has a signature dish of her own, Roulston replies: "I
always find it hard to pick only one dish as a favourite. But since
finishing filming I have been asked to cook the 'sticky chilli mud crab'
that I cooked for the Iron Chef during a challenge, so I guess that is
my signature dish. I have cooked this dish about 15 times since!"
You can watch Courtney's webisodes at cocklebaywharf.com.au
Former Masterchef contestant Courtney Roulston reveals her latest adventure...
Signature Dish"Whether it be birthdays,
Christmas, Easter... it was
always a feast. Although I didn't
know it at the time, I would say
now that I have come from a
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