A home-cooked TV star
Newrybar man's chefing skills lead to juicy role on showBy BREE PRICE
ANTHONY TELFORD had always dreamed of being a TV star, but his life led him to become a chef.
Now, 20 years after he made his first meal, the Newrybar resident has been able to finally live that lifelong dream. And it's because of his chefing skills.
Mr Telford is one of a number of chefs from around Australia who star on Channel Ten's impromptu cooking show, Ready Steady Cook, that screens at 1pm each weekday.
During each episode two chefs enter a cook-off, each using five different ingredients randomly chosen by a home viewer. They have 20 minutes to create a multiple-course meal.
A celebrity version aired during August when Mr Telford was paired with Hotdogs and Glenn, from this year's series of Big Brother, and Axle Whitehead, the host of Video Hits.
But even though his face is regularly on the nation's small screen and he was mobbed by students in Brisbane last month, Mr Telford doesn't consider himself a celebrity.
He has six young children to keep him in check, and his wife Vicky is expecting their seventh.
"I'm a TV personality who is humbled by the fact I have so many children. I come home to nappies that need changing and kids who can't be bothered watching their dad on TV," he said.
"My wife and I aren't from big families and we both want- ed to have a big family.
"We both said we wanted a dozen, but now there's seven. That's it.
"We own an eight-seater Land Cruiser at the moment, but we are having to look at getting a bus.
"Not many people have as many kids as us. How do you cope? You just do."
Mr Telford said he was finally doing what he always wanted to do.
"It took 20 years, but I'm there," he said.
"It's a combination of what I thought I wanted to do, entertainment, and what I still love doing, cooking."