HEALTHY living is more than an appetizer for My Kitchen Rules star Luke Hines.
The newly acclaimed celebrity has impacted millions of lives with the channel 7 television show and is set to heat up the kitchen in Gladstone at the Kookaburra Creek's Ladies High Tea at the PCYC on Saturday, June 15.
Working as a personal trainer for 10 years, Luke believes in a daily healthy, active life.
"You can't get the healthy food you require from eating out all the time," he said.
Before embarking on MKR with team-mate Scott Gooding, Luke found the joys of cooking after moving out of home.
"If I wanted to eat healthy, I almost had to do it for myself," he explained.
When applying for the show, it was this factor that motivated him most.
"I feel like there's a gap in television for that healthy influence, especially on cooking shows."
But despite their positive goals, the show dealt its fair share of challenges to the boys, who finished third.
To go on and remain humble and stay yourself is nice, because people recognise you for good not bad.
"It was harder, longer and more tiring than both Scott and I ever imagined," Luke said.
So what exactly kept them going?
"The fact that we were going to be able to influence how Australia perceived food," he said was a huge motivator.
"Being able to tell two million people a night - that's an amazing opportunity."
On the show Luke said they learnt a lot, even some secrets.
"When you're chopping, you can literally just throw stuff off the bench," he said in relation to the unwanted scraps.
"They never film the floor," he laughed.
During their MKR adventures, the boys also made some great friendships.
"It becomes your family for six months," he said.
"We pretty much had to leave our job… You don't go home, you don't have much spare time and you're off social media.
"You go from having 100% control of your life to having everything done for you."
He said Channel 7 even took control of their clothes, to how they wore their hair.
So when coming back to reality, things were quite a shock.
"Slow and steady - it was a big adjustment," he said.
But after such a huge journey, the Bondi boys seemed to remain themselves.
"To go on and remain humble and stay yourself is nice, because people recognise you for good not bad."
Now 30, the sizzling Bondi cook is excited about the future.
Luke and Scott's first book will be out on November 1.
"We're really proud to bring a book out that's a combination of fitness and food," he said.
"Then our second book is out in January 2014- that's a complete healthy book companion."
In the meantime, the good-looking contestant is looking forward to sharing his way of life in Gladstone.
While on the show, Luke was approached about coming to the Ladies High Tea.
"I loved the idea that they wanted someone who believes in what I believe in - a healthy lifestyle," he said.
"And if my attendance can bring a heightened event and help with the fundraising, then my job is done."
- Competitive ocean swimming
- Surf lifesaver
- Spending time with his black labrador - Luke is often mistaken for the Bondi Vet.