Great BBQ Challenge

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Amelita

Contestant

Age: 32

Lives: QLD

Signature dish: Organic rib fillets with shaved ham, banana and hollandaise. Char grilled sweet potato salad with rocket, feta and pine nuts. Char grilled asparagus.

Amelita is a mother...

Andrew

Contestant

Age: 42

Lives: TAS

Signature dish: Spicy turkey burgers

Andrew is a qualified carpenter/joiner and aluminium fabricator (ship building); however, has worked in just about every field imaginable. He’s helped...

Barbara & Jayne

Contestant

Name: Barbara

Age: 43

Lives: QLD

Signature dish: Steak and mushroom ragu

Barbara is a married lawyer who teaches law part-time and chases around her teenage twins and one primary school daughter full–time....

Ben O'Donoghue

Presenter

Aussie-born chef Ben O'Donoghue started his career working in several award-winning restaurants in Australia before moving to London and The River Cafe.

Bonabert (Bona)

Contestant

Age: 49

Lives: Far North QLD

Signature dish: Tender loin rib fillet steak marinated in tropical BBQ sauce, garlic potatoes, coconut rice and fresh salad

Bona started cooking at a young age on the Marquises...

David

Contestant

Age: 50

Lives: NSW

Signature dish: Black sesame seed crusted tuna on a warmed bok choy and potato salad

David is a happliy partnered guy, born and bred in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. He enjoys entertaining,...

Fenton

Contestant

Age: 34

Lives: QLD

Signature dish: Aussie pav with boozy summer fruits

Fenton is a married chef who has lived in Ipswich all of his life, and loves the place. “We have beautiful weather here and my son Jacob,...

Gabrielle

Contestant

Age: 35

Lives: NSW

Signature dish: Old fashioned Aussie burgers

Gabrielle has been a Sydney girl all her life. She has a brother who is hilarious, and a wonderful mother who taught her everything she knows,...

George

Contestant

Age: 46

Lives: SA

Signature dish: Crispy skinned Atlantic salmon with asparagus spears, served with a seafood reduction Beurre Rouge

George is a restaurateur from Adelaide, currently without a restaurant....

Hayley

Contestant

Age: 24

Lives: NSW

Signature dish: Zesty salmon with potato rosti and asparagus

Hayley is a bright, bubbly food fanatic, who grew up in a family of food fanatics. Her grandfather was a butcher and her parents...

Ivan

Contestant

Age: 27

Lives: VIC

Signature dish: Marinated rabbit thighs with mint pineapple

Ivan describes himself as a likeable bloke from Melbourne who enjoys most aspects of entertaining. He’s heavily involved with...

Jason

Contestant

Age: 33

Lives: QLD

Signature dish: Café Del Mare (seafood platter for two)

Jason is a high school teacher who specialises in senior biology and hospitality. He also coaches AFL sports excellence at school...

Katie

Contestant

Age: 37

Lives: QLD

Signature dish: Steak fajitas

Katie's childhood always involved holidays at the beach and many family feasts under the trees over-looking the water. And at Easter time, a whole lamb on...

Laszlo (Laz)

Contestant

Age: 34

Lives: WA

Signature dish: Char grilled lamb chops with a stir fry of julienne vegetables. Drizzled with a soya, garlic sauce and char grilled potatoes.

Laszlo is an IT consultant who is married with...

Lisette

Contestant

Age: 48

Lives: NT

Signature dish: Antipasto

Lisette's love of food started as a child, doing dishes, assisting in the kitchen, and being inspired by her family. She has travelled throughout Europe and Asia,...

Margaret

Contestant

Margaret is a strong-minded Irish traveller who's battling for her land.

Richard & Kathy

Contestant

Name: Richard

Age: 41

Lives: NSW

Signature dish: Barbecue sand whiting with lime aioli and fenneled scallop served with zucchini ribboned laced vegetables

Richard is passionate about food. He grew...

Rita

Contestant

Age: 36

Lives: NSW

Signature dish: Italian lamb cutlets

Rita is married with two boys who she cares for five days a week while working two days as a sales assistant. As they and her husband have hearty and...

Sandy

Contestant

Age: 20

Lives: NT

Signature dish: Asian spiced lamb fillets on a char grilled veggie stack with an olive oil and vinaigrette dressing

Sandy was born in Liverpool, NSW, moved to Darwin when she was nine...

Sophie

Contestant

Age: 24

Lives: VIC

Signature dish: Sunday roast BBQ style

Sophie recently arrived home in Melbourne after two years abroad. While Sophie was away she learnt how to cook and since then, not a day has passed...

Tibor

Contestant

Age: 28

Lives: VIC

Signature dish: Grilled ostrich on a bed of baby spuds, squash, rocket, Uruguayan style leek and barbecued pears with spiced honey, walnuts and blue cheese

Tibor is a lively, engaging and...

William (Bill)

Contestant

Age: 27

Lives: NT

Signature dish: North African inspired marinated shoulder of lamb with couscous salad

and saffron yoghurt

Bill grew up around the beaches of Sydney's Bondi and Bronte and has always...