Just the ticket to see Oliver
ANDREW Bryson braved hordes of screaming, middle-aged women on Saturday after winning a ticket to Jamie Oliver's cooking demonstration.
The celebrity chef was in Ipswich at the weekend to officially open his Ministry of Food, and thanks to Mr Bryson's wife Monique and his skills in the kitchen he was lucky enough to attend.
Mrs Bryson nominated her husband for a radio competition in which the two finalists travelled to Toowoomba and were judged on a mystery dish - risotto. Judges taste-tested the dishes and Mr Bryson was declared the winner.
The epitome of a gracious winner, Mr Bryson sacrificed his second show ticket and handed it over to the woman he battled it out against over the hotplate.
"We both had to cook and I just thought it would be nice for her to be able to go as well," he said.
Mr Bryson said he had a great day seeing the celebrity chef demonstrate how to cook a Mexican chicken dish.
"It was something I never expected when I went to work on Thursday.
"You can't script the things that have happened over the past few days," he said.
"It was a great surprise."