Lee Crump, a Mackay home cook and food blogger, is one of four finalists who will meet Jamie Oliver.
Lee Crump, a Mackay home cook and food blogger, is one of four finalists who will meet Jamie Oliver. Peter Holt

Blogger will meet Jamie Oliver

A MACKAY food blogger has won the chance to learn some industry secrets from one of the best and most recognised chefs in the world.

On Saturday Lee Crump will share a kitchen with chef, author and restaurateur Jamie Oliver in Ipswich.

Mr Crump entered The Good Guys competition Search for a Home Blogger last month and earned himself a place among four finalists from around Australia.

The QR National employee said he was a fan of Jamie Oliver's cooking and his food philosophy to teach people how to eat healthily.

"I have an immense passion for food so it seemed to be a great fit (to enter the competition)," Mr Crump said.

"Jamie's Ministry of Food philosophy about healthy eating really strikes a chord with me."

Mr Crump said his food blog started as a travel diary.

"It came naturally. I'm a bit of creative writer," he said.

"I started writing a travel blog of what we'd (Mr Crump and his wife) done, then I moved on to restaurant reviews and then I started publishing recipes."

Mr Crump said it was important to know the science behind cooking.

"I like to study food and why things are done; like the biological process for cooking meat and vegetables and understanding how it works," he said.

"(I like to question) why add salt to food; it's not just a flavour.

"I also like to look at food chemistry and question why we add lemon juice, olive oil or vinegar."

He said there were a few secret ingredients he liked to add to his dishes while experimenting in the kitchen.

"I love to use anchovies," Mr Crump said.

"They make a wonderful seasoning and if you put them in the dish early on it gets rid of fishy flavour."

"I only have a few cookbooks and a few of Jamie's because they have great teaching techniques.

"But it's not just about the recipe it's about learning about food too."

Mr Crump still has a chance to win the overall prize of a trip to London.

To view his blog visit mirepoixaugras.wordpress.com.


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