SHE cooks, she writes, and if she has her way, Sunshine Coast born-and-bred Kristie Welsh hopes to combine both of those talents to spread the gospel of Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food.
The mother-of-two is one of four finalists vying for a trip to London and the opportunity to blog for the celebrity chef who is trying to lead a revolution in simple, practical, healthy but tasty food.
The Brisbane-based public relations professional, who grew up and did her schooling on the Sunshine Coast, won the finals berth in the Good Guys Home Chef Blogger competition after saying what Oliver's Ministry of Food meant to her.
"I have two children aged three and one and I don't have a lot of time to cook," she said.
"Jamie is into meals that are quick and easy to prepare but also taste and healthy, using fresh ingredients.
"I think Australia needs to listen to what he has to say. Australia is the fourth unhealthiest country in the world.
"He talks about getting out of the drive-through and back into the kitchen and cooking easy, healthy, tasty meals that are good for us."
Mrs Welsh, who learned much of what she knows about cooking from her grandmother, met Oliver at a Ministry of Food event at Ipswich last Saturday.
"He was very warm, so enthusiastic. He defines exuberance," she said.
"He went out of his way to sign autographs in the rain and stayed an extra 10 minutes because there was so many people there. I was impressed," she said.
Mrs Welsh wrote about her Ministry of Food experience in a blog at homechefblogger.thegoodguys.com.au
The finalist whose blog receives the most votes will win the competition.
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