14 Jul Gladstone Nurse Takes On Fierce Competition In Australian World Food Championship In Melbourne
Cassie Strohmeyer is a local nurse, as well as a barbeque extraordinaire.
With seven years of barbequing to her name, the last thing that Cassie expected was to be asked to enter into the dessert category.
“I went to a barbeque competition called Toowoomba Meatstock in April this year, and there was a side barbeque competition on top of the main competition, offered through Steak Cook Off Association for an Ancillary Competition,” said Cassie.
This competition is where Cassie’s World Food Championship journey began- after plating up her ‘jalapeno popper inspired’ ice-cream and taking out second place, one of Cassie’s friends suggested she enter her jalapeno ice-cream into the World Food Championship competition.
“I had people tell me it was the tastiest thing they’ve ever put in their mouth. Someone even called it a food journey.
“In this competition, I’m up against professional chefs and bakers and people who have a history of working in food. I’m a nurse- I’ve had no formal training, and I cooked on live T.V.”
Despite missing out on ranking in the top three by just one point, Cassie said she was very pleased with how the cook went.
“Dessert is so far away from what I do- I’ve won Grand Championships out at Emerald with my barbeque, but this was the first time I’ve done something with dessert.”