Heathcote bank manager Les Owens is filled with pride after his son, Brent, won the MasterChef television series recently.BARBARA SUNGAILA August 13, 2014 3:01am
Heathcote and District Community Bank branch manager Les Owens is filled with pride after his son Brent, 24, won the 2014 MasterChef crown.
He said it was a tremendous achievement.
‘‘I was absolutely stoked,’’ he said.
Brent told his father he had made the MasterChef top 50 in December.
‘‘I said ‘Good on you mate,’ thinking that’s probably as far as he’d get.’’
However, Brent made his way into the final 24 and steadily worked his way through the competition.
‘‘He’d give me a ring once a week and it was number 16, still there; number 12, still there; number 10 — it was incredible,’’ Les said.
Les has called Heathcote home for the past 10 years and has been with the bank for the past eight.
He first ventured here in his early teens when he accompanied his parents on rabbit-hunting and mushrooming trips and Brent also became a regular visitor once his father moved back to the district.
Les said his son’s interest in cooking started after a back injury stopped him playing football at the age of 16.
‘‘While he was in rehab and doing nothing he started reading cookbooks and watching cooking shows,’’ he said.
‘‘Then the last few years he’s taken over Christmas, made sure he did Christmas dinner, the cooking and the preparation.’’
Les said Brent was driving a bobcat before he entered MasterChef.
‘‘The keys are hanging up on the wall now.’’
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