Bowen Island's Bailey family is known as having musicians (Rob) and actors (Laurel); it turns out that they also have chefs. TV chefs no less.
Rob and Laurel Bailey will be on a new show called Family Cook Off on Canada's Food Network. They cooked on the show along with Rob's cousin, Mary Ann Clarke-Scott and Laurel's brother, Eric Wickberg, in a competition against another family. The winners took home 'The Golden Frying Pan' and a thousand bucks worth of groceries.
You'll have to watch their episode to find out if they won It airs Thursday, March 22, at 9 p.m. It sees Rob and Mary Ann cooking the main course and Laurel and Eric producing the dessert. There is a time-limit and they are judged, and awarded points, based upon how fast they produce the food, the presentation and, naturally, the taste.
An added element is that on the evening the episode airs Rob and Laurel will be at Doc Morgan's to watch the episode for the first time along with whoever cares to join them. They'll also cook the same meal that they cooked on Family Cook Off. Rob will let us know what that was.
"Our entree is Singapore Chili Crab with steamed rice and spinach sautéed with dried shrimp, shallot, and oyster sauce," he said. "The dessert was coconut fried banana with mango coulis and an iced Vietnamese coffee float. Pretty yummy. If I told you any more I'd have to kill you."
The show debuted March 1 and is hosted by Kim D'Eon of ET Canada fame and is based on a show from Australia. They shot 12 episodes with two families in each; the families come from all across Canada and members range in age from nine to 67. Fellow-islanders Cam and Kat Hayduk, who knew of the Bailey's love of cooking, alerted Rob and Laurel to the casting call.
Family Cook Off was filmed live before an audience outdoors last August in Leg in Boot Square in False Creek in, Rob said, "a specially built dual kitchen outdoor set."
He said they had a blast and intend to have just as much fun down at Doc's on the 22nd.