Meet The Gang
Chenille Honey-MyrtleThe Feast Queen
Type of Cook: The Feast Queen
Fave flavour: The Urban Rub
Fave movie: Muriel’s Wedding
Occupation: Social Worker
“I’m famous for cooking more than I need, the feeder of the 5000! The last Friday of every month you’ll find me at the Gari Hall with 20 chooks roasting, spuds in the oven and gravy bubbling away. All the locals are welcome and sometimes we have over 40 people dropping by.
There’s nothing I love more than people heading home with a full belly and an esky of leftovers. I don’t mind being known as - Chenille Honey Myrtle, the chick who cooks too much - that’s just who I am!”
The Party Starter Pack
This tasty feast pack is the perfect starter pack for every cook & includes 6 unique Australian bushfood salts & spice rubs, including Chenille's favourite - The Urban Rub.
Heath BanksiaThe Pitmaster
Lives: Lal Lal
Type of Cook: BBQ'r
Fave flavour: The Bush Rub
Fave movie: Kenny
“I suppose my greatest love is the bush. There is just something about it that grounds ya. After working all week, the phone attached to me ear and driving around the countryside, there is nothing better than escaping to the bush. All ya need is ya campfire, ya billy, ya dog, a prime T-bone and some spuds.
You take ya shoes off, feel the earth between your toes and breath in the sounds and smell of the bush. Some people go to yoga, some people go to the pub, all I need is me swag and a night in the bush under the stars.“
Pixie BushThe Feisty One
Lives: Scotchman's Lead
Type of Cook: Vegetarian Queen
Fave flavour: Mountain Pepper
Fave movie: The Sapphires
Occupation: Primary School Teacher
“My motto is - If you want something, don’t ask a busy person. I have just been elected the President of the local Boomerang Bag group where we make reusable shopping bags from donated material.
It is so important to recycle and reuse at every opportunity, you’re never too old to start, last week I even made my own steel wool out of onion bags! Earlier in the year I planted my own bushfood garden and I’m hoping that I will have enough native spinach to make plenty of frittata for the annual Landcare Planting Day. We have over 35 volunteers but of course more are welcome!”
Ruby SaltbushThe Audacious Baker
Type of Cook: Loves Baking
Fave flavour: Lemon Myrtle
Fave movie: Babe
Occupation: Works at the local Post Office and runs a little baking business
“I don’t have long to chat, I’ve got a cake in the oven... Its CWA Tuesday and cake is on the menu today!
My favourite flavour? Gotta be lemon myrtle! Favourite thing to bake? Mmmm... Oh, how can I choose – I love to bake all sorts of things but if I had to choose one it would have to be my lemon myrtle yoyos, they got me 1st place in the Ballarat show 3 years running, I kid you not!”
Scarlet BlazeThe Spice Queen
Type of Cook: The Party Platter Queen
Fave flavour: Pepperberry
Fave movie: Strictly Ballroom
“I’m known as the platter queen not the party queen. I love nothing more than styling a space before the guests arrive. I handle the whole concept – from the decorations to the music- and blend it all together with great, easy, Australian grazing food.
A great platter should be full of surprises at every corner and entice you back time and time again for a delicious hit of Australian flavour”
The Bushfood Collection
A collection of 8 Australian native flavours that will take you on a delicious adventure through the Australian landscape. Play, discover & create incredible Australian dishes
Shaggy DryandraThe Salt Addict
Type of Cook: Salty, savoury & simple
Fave Ingredient: The Campfire Salt
Fave Movie: Breathe
Occupation: Caretaker of the local music festival site
Known to be seen heading down the highway for a quick surf when not on duty. Shaggy lives on-site as the caretaker of the local music festival. He gets free accommodation (a caravan) while he looks after the place in the off season and then parties hard in the on season. Shaggy lives a simple, satisfying and salty life.
Little Billy ButtonsThe Big Hearted Little Chef
Lives: Durham Lead
Type of Cook: Quick, sweet & easy
Fave Ingredient: Wattleseed
Fave Movie: Red Dog
Occupation: Still in school
Meet Lil' Billy...
“I love hanging out with my moody little emu called Myrtle, we live in Durham Lead near my best mate Big Bill (he is 83). Me and Myrtle are always getting into trouble. Like last weekend when Myrtle ran off to Big Bill’s place. I looked for her everywhere – under the veranda and behind the rusty water tanks.
I ended up finding her in Bill’s back shed sipping on his home brew. She was a bit wobbly and Bill was so cranky that he grabbed a big broom and swept her out of the shed! Me and Myrtle chuckled all the way home.”