Serving up a family tradition at the Cowra Show

Sharon Spolding, Faye Amos, Gayle Newton, Ros Thompson and Nicole Spolding have all had success in the cooking section of the Cowra Show.
Sharon Spolding, Faye Amos, Gayle Newton, Ros Thompson and Nicole Spolding have all had success in the cooking section of the Cowra Show.

Does the family that cooks together, stay together?

This is certainly the case for the Amos family, who have been serving up delicious treats in the cooking section of the Cowra Show for decades.

Sharon Spolding says you can trace back the family's entries to her great-grandmother.

"Nicole [Spolding, Sharon's daughter] is the fifth generation doing cooking at the show," she said.

"Our great-grandmother we know used to compete in it, our grandmother used to, our mother got us competing.

"Nic's won Junior Cook of the show probably six times, my son Jason was the first male to win junior cook of the show."

Sharon and her sister Gayle Newton said it was the family's way of giving back to the show, with everyone having a go at stewarding competitions.

"Because one family member is the Chief, the others get dragged in to help out," she joked.

"It's just become a family tradition," Gayle said.

And with plenty of plum puddings and cakes under their belts, the family says they would love to see more residents having a go.

"We just like to see new people and last year, we had several people win that had never entered before and they got first prizes and it was just so good for us to see their enjoyment," Sharon said.

"That is what I love. We've had people cooking for years, that are the best cooks in town, and it is a privilege to beat them."

But before you pick up the flour and whisk, the family have some advice.

"Read, read, read the schedule," Gayle said.

"I would say read the show schedule, all the rules and regulations because if the judges pick you on having not done one thing, you're automatically out," Sharon said.

"It's always changing so don't assume that you know what's in it because we've had a few changes this year as well."

So whether you're the husband having a go at a man-made chocolate cake or your young ones want to make scones, make sure you pick up your Cowra Show schedule either in the Cowra Guardian or online at www.cowrashow.com on August 30.

"Have a go, you never know, your cake could be the one that wins," Sharon said.