Viewers will be glued to the screen: Keith Pitt
This is a speech given by Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt in Parliament today.
MADAM Speaker, Hinkler residents will be glued to the TV tonight to see some of our own produce become the so-called "hero of the dish".
The de Paoli family will spice things up on the hit reality show, My Kitchen Rules, with their high quality, fresh, locally grown chillis!
Based on Goodwood Road in Bundaberg, AustChilli grow eight different varieties of chillis that are handpicked every day to ensure year round supply for consumers.
Since 1995, Austchilli has field tested over 200 varieties of chillis from all over the world, to find the best on the basis of flavour, heat, colour, yield, and consistency.
As well as growing chillis, they grow a wide variety of herbs. They value-add and manufacture a range of products, including AvoFresh. Today, they export fresh and packaged food to 10 overseas markets.
AustChilli are strong supporters of our plan for country-of-origin food labelling.
Austchilli are just one in a long line of food manufactures based in my electorate.
This is my winning suggestion to the MKR contestants: Hervey Bay Sea Scallops, Ocean King Prawns stir-fired with Hinkler vegetables in an Aust-chilli sauce.
Wash it down with a dark and stormy - that's Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Ginger Beer and a wedge of Bundy Lime.
And finish the meal with a bowl of Mammino's Icecream and Steinhardt's choc-coated macadamias.
I'd usually prefer to be watching the footy, while my family are in the kitchen watching MKR.
Tonight. I'll make an exception. I hope my colleagues, and the rest of Australia, will tune in to see just some of what my home region has to offer.