Kitchen party in Gladstone. (back left) Ken Axford, Shaun Walker, Dave Griffiths and Luis Orozco. (front left) Anna Horton, Lori Bigler, Melanie Meatheringham and Jess Eccles.
Kitchen party in Gladstone. (back left) Ken Axford, Shaun Walker, Dave Griffiths and Luis Orozco. (front left) Anna Horton, Lori Bigler, Melanie Meatheringham and Jess Eccles. Christopher Chan

Lack of options leads to local couples starting cooking comp

FINE dining may not make regular appearances on Gladstone menus, but that hasn't stopped a group of locals from cooking up a storm.

Four couples launched their own My Kitchen Rules- inspired cooking competition in May.

The couples took turns wining and dining at each other's homes each week, and last weekend Lori Bigler and Luis Orozco were crowned king and queen of the kitchen.

The pair cooked a three-course Mexican cuisine complete with margaritas.

Ken Axford and Anna Horton cooked a Game of Thrones inspired lamb roast, while Melanie Meatheringham and Dave Griffiths served beef wellington.

"It's a bit fun and gives us more variety," Melanie Meatheringham said.

"We all cooked things we would never normally cook."

Melanie and Dave moved from Sydney to Gladstone five years ago for work, and said Gladstone lacked a thriving food culture.

"You can't get in anywhere on Friday and Saturday nights, unless it's the pub," she said.

"There are no taxis, so we can't even share a bottle of wine because one of us will have to drive."

Ken would like to see more authentic Chinese and fine dining restaurants in town.



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