Sisters' cooking impresses Jamie Oliver
Chch girls' cooking impresses Jamie OliverCAROLINE KING
From humble beginnings helping at their family's food stall, Amy and Julie Zhang's cooking talent has now been recognised by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
The London-based sisters, whose family live in Christchurch, have made it into the top five of Oliver's search for a Food Tube star - which received more than 250 entries from across the world.
The recipe that earnt the sisters a top spot was inspired by their mother Maria's cooking.
"Our recipe is inspired by the fun way our mum used to cook us fried rice when we were little," Amy said in the video entry.
The pair, who call themselves The Dumpling Sisters, explain step-by-step in their high energy video how to prepare the iceberg lettuce parcels with fried rice, "boozy" hoisin chicken and no-cook satay sauce.
Oliver said, in his video naming the top five, that the standard of entries was "very, very high".
"They're [The Dumpling Sisters] super cute, they know how to cook. They've got good flavours going on . . . The girls did a really good job. It's a delicious meal."
Their mother Maria told The Press her daughters were "always making us proud of them".
She said they used to help with the food cart the family ran at Riccarton Market every Sunday when they were young. The family have been operating a stall at the market for over 20 years.
Amy told Radio New Zealand being named in the top five was an "amazing surprise".
"It's pretty awesome. We weren't even expecting it . . . We put a lot of effort into the video and Julie and I always have loads of fun making them so it's just like a real bonus that we've got into the final."
The sisters, who describe themselves as "Chiwis" because of their Chinese and Kiwi heritage, said they would have to wait and "see what happens" with the outcome of the competition but realised the opportunities "could be huge".
Part of the prize includes the winning entrants cooking videos featuring on Jamie Oliver's Food Tube channel.
The winner will be decided by the entry that receives the most "likes" on You Tube.
Voting is set to close on September 22.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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