Toowoomba friends cook up winning MKR recipe
TOOWOOMBA soul sisters Emilie Biggar and Sheri Eddington are not going to let anything hold them back from claiming the winning title and the $100,000 prize money on this year's My Kitchen Rules.
The blonde beauties have been friends for six years and have bonded over their love for cooking.
Miss Biggar, 24, said she was proud to represent Toowoomba on one of Australia's most popular cooking shows.
"I absolutely love My Kitchen Rules. I watch it every year and to actually be on the show is mind blowing," Miss Biggar said.
"It is the sort of opportunity that you just have to grab when it comes to you.
"Not only have we been able to cook for Pete and Manu, but also the fact we get to represent Toowoomba makes the whole experience even better.
"I was completely starstruck when I met Pete and Manu. I felt like I had just climbed through my television.
"I was so nervous it was ridiculous," she said.
The pair divides their time in the kitchen between Miss Biggar working on the sweets and Miss Eddington cooking the savoury dishes.
Miss Biggar said their talent in the kitchen was all thanks to their grandmothers.
"Our grandmas taught us both how to cook and to have patience in the kitchen," Miss Biggar said.
"All the best recipes come from my great grandmother. We used to cook a lot together as a kid," she said.
The pair admits one of their biggest challenges throughout the show was Miss Biggar's hearing impairment.
Miss Biggar has been deaf since birth, but, with the help of a hearing aid, she has 80 per cent of her hearing in her right ear and can lip read perfectly.
Miss Biggar said sitting around the dinner table with so many people was what she found hardest.
"I was always the last one laughing at the jokes because Sheri would have to explain them to me again.
"It was hard because everyone was talking at once; it was a bit like a tennis match.
"In the kitchen, we had some pretty funny stuff-ups as well. I had a few blonde moments," she said.
Over the years, relationships and work have separated the best friends, but they have kept in contact over the phone and via Skype.
Miss Eddington, 22, said she enjoyed being able to spend so much time with Emilie.
"We really haven't had much time in the kitchen together," she said.
"We've always been so close, but from a distance, so to be together and to be able to do this all the time is awesome because we don't get to spend this much time together normally," she said.
Miss Biggar said she hoped to have a career in food industry in the future.
"I still don't know what doors will open to me just yet. I guess we will just have to wait and see, but I would love to make a career out of my love for cooking," she said.
My Kitchen Rules begins on Channel 7 on Monday, February 2.