It’s not every day you see your mother on television. Well, when your mother is a CWA judge of national renown, it almost is every day.
Baker extraordinaire and pastry chef Nelleke Gorton on Monday night appeared on the latest episode of Family Food Fight on Channel 9.
She was one of the CWA women passing judgement on the contestants’ best efforts at a high tea and, in particular, their Lamingtons.
It was her Lamington recipe the contestants used and she even had to take 40 of her own ready-made Lamingtons on the plane down to Melbourne for the show.
She has been appearing quite regularly on television, as River Cottage Australia is currently being rerun on SBS Television.
Coincidentally, this reporter is also appearing regularly on the reruns, as he was the main fishing contact for the show.
The series of MasterChef Nelleke appeared on also had another Far South Coast connection, as it was won by Julie Goodwin, whose parents live at Narooma, where she now has a holiday house.
Nelleke is a member of the CWA Bega branch and is also on The Land State Cookery Committee, which entails her organising the cookery competition at the CWA State Conference every year.
On Monday night’s Family Food Fight episode, she had her favourite measuring RFS “Firewise" ruler that she has used on MasterChef and also at all her state and local judging.
She said she enjoyed the filming of the show down at Melbourne, meeting all the other CWA ladies and some of the contestants and noted that they all did really well with their delicious high teas.
“The families were genuinely respectful of the CWA and came around with seconds and talked about their food; it was just beautiful,” Nelleke said.
We hope this episode encourages other to join the CWA, as the organisation is in need of some new, younger members.
It was heartening to hear at least one contestant say she wanted to join!