Cooking programs motivate more people to plan meals

Caitlin Lawson, manager of Robin’s Kitchen at Caneland Central, demonstrates a pasta maker, which she uses to make homemade pasta at home.
Caitlin Lawson, manager of Robin’s Kitchen at Caneland Central, demonstrates a pasta maker, which she uses to make homemade pasta at home. Lee Constable

CAITLIN Lawson and her boyfriend Trent used to go out to dinner on weekend nights.

But not anymore.

Now they stay at home and make pasta from scratch.

"I guess you enjoy it more because you have to put the hard work into it," Ms Lawson said.

"You just make the dough, put it through the machine then cook it.

"We've only made spaghetti so far."

As the manager of Robin's Kitchen in Mackay, Ms Lawson has an advantage over the rest of us when it comes to making masterpieces at home.

But with the ever increasing popularity of cooking shows like My Kitchen Rules, more and more people are getting experimental in the kitchen.

Ms Lawson said customers regularly discussed cooking programs while selecting items in store.

And while much of it was focused on the drama that went on among the contestants, she said cooking was at the heart of viewers' fascination.

"I know people who watch it because it's like Days of our Lives.

"(But) I think it's the cooking, not the drama."

In addition to pasta makers, Ms Lawson said Apple Slinkies had exploded in popularity.

The device is used to peel, slice and de-core apples.

She estimated about one in every five customers discussed reality TV cooking shows in the store.

"They just say what was cooked last night," Ms Lawson said.

"I know it makes them want to be more adventurous in the kitchen."

And with a store full of kitchen utensils at her disposal, Ms Lawson said her courage in the kitchen had also increased.

"You make it more to the recipe because you've got the correct utensils to use," she said.

Tonight marks the second semi-final for MKR, with the grand final scheduled for Sunday.

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