MORE THAN A MEAL: MasterChef contestant Jules Allen (centre) last week delivered Meals on Wheels orders to promote the organisation’s 60th national anniversary. She is pictured with meal recipient Campbell Walker, from Ballina, and Ballina Shire Meals on Wheels co-ordinator Meleta Wood.
MORE THAN A MEAL: MasterChef contestant Jules Allen (centre) last week delivered Meals on Wheels orders to promote the organisation’s 60th national anniversary. She is pictured with meal recipient Campbell Walker, from Ballina, and Ballina Shire Meals on Wheels co-ordinator Meleta Wood. Graham Broadhead

MasterChef contestant adds a dash of fame to a good cause

LENNOX Head's Jules Allen is using a dash of fame she has recently received to promote "anything to do with food and charities".

Jules was a contestant on this year's season of the television cooking show, MasterChef.

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While other contestants in the show during the years have had dreams of going on to open their own restaurant, Jules is already using her fame to help charities.

Last week she was delivering meals with Ballina Shire Meals on Wheels to mark the 60th National Meals on Wheels Day.

Jules said: "I don't think there is a better way of expressing your care and your love of someone other than with food."

And Ballina Shire Meals on Wheels shows about 80 clients each weekday they are cared for by delivering meals in the area from Wardell to Lennox Head.

There is a different menu every day. When Jules was on the road, clients were given a choice of honey-roasted beef, cottage pie or chicken and asparagus mornay, with prunes and custard for dessert.

Jules, who has been in the pressure cooker of cooking for one of Australia's most renowned food critics, MasterChef judge Matt Preston, said she thought the menu was terrific.

"And Matt Preston would love this menu," she said.

Jules, who has been a foster carer for 21 children, said there was something very special about preparing a meal for someone else, even the simplest of dishes.

Campbell Walker, from Ballina, is a client and volunteer with Ballina Shire Meals on Wheels. He said the meals were of "excellent quality".

If you want to volunteer or know someone who might need Meals on Wheels, phone Meleta Wood on 6686 3626 or email bsmow@bigpond.com.au or see www.ballina mealsonwheels.org.au.

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LENNOX Head MasterChef contestant Jules Allen will put her skills to the test in a mystery box cook-off against award-winning Ballina RSL Club executive chef Gerhard Spatz at Summerland House Farm Country Fair on September 15.

Since leaving the show, Jules has been keen to work with charities that have anything to do with food. The event attracts about 5000 people, and will this year be held from 9am to 4pm.

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