MasterChef Anna Bligh

Queensland premier Anna Bligh on the set of MasterChef.
Queensland premier Anna Bligh on the set of MasterChef.
IF the Labor government loses the next Queensland election, Anna Bligh might just have another career lined up.

Appearing on tonight’s episode of MasterChef on Channel 10, the premier will get out of parliament and into the kitchen to face  up against Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan and Underbelly actor Simon Westaway.

She brings a touch of her state to the small screen by promoting Queensland produce, including Sunshine Coast strawberries.

While it is usually the contestants getting nervous when they face the judges, in this instance it was judge Gary Mehigan who found butterflies in his stomach when he met Queensland’s head honcho.

“I was a little bit star struck,” he said.

“I thought I might ask her some hard political questions but I changed my mind. She is a very smart woman.

“And she is a mum when it comes down to it and a good cook at home.”

But being a good cook at home wasn’t going to be enough in the MasterChef kitchen to impress some of the toughest judges on television but Mehigan said he was pleasantly surprised by her abilities.

“I think she is a great home cook and she is a great advocate of Queensland produce,” he said.

“She brought Queensland vanilla, Queensland beef, Queensland strawberries. It was a Queensland roll call of the best ingredients.”

Ms Bligh whipped up a Moreton Bay Bug with Thai dressing, rib eye beef with red wine with asparagus and mashed potatoes and vanilla and strawberry Pannacotta with the strawberries coming from the Sunshine Coast.

While Ms Bligh’s experience in the kitchen certainly earned her plenty of praise from the judges, it was young gun Eamon Sullivan who gave her the biggest run for her money.

“Eamon was (a surprise). He has a six pack, he’s over six feet tall, he is gorgeous and he can cook,” Mr Mehigan said.

“We were all a bit jealous of him.”

MasterChef screens on Channel Ten tonight at 7.30pm.

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