While MasterChef contestant Alvin Quah didn’t win season two of the show, his sense of humour and winning way with a camp quip meant he was a favourite with many viewers.

True to form, the openly gay home cook told Sydney Star Observer he had a cheeky response for one of the more unusual questions he’d been asked since leaving the show.

“The weirdest question I’ve been asked is what kitchen utensil I’d be. I say I’d be a mortar and pestle, because it’s all about the pounding,” he laughed.

As with many of MasterChef’s more popular personalities, Quah’s time since competing on the show has been filled with public appearances on the celebrity chef circuit.

He was careful to stress that he didn’t consider himself a culinary expert, though.

“I joined the show because I’m a home cooker, and I’m still a home cooker — I don’t have the proper training,” he said. “There’s nothing hoity-toity about my style of cooking.”

Quah’s next appearance will be on Saturday, October 9 as part of the Hunter Valley Semillon and Seafood Festival, where he’ll conduct several seafood cooking demonstrations for budding master chefs.

He said he was eager to capitalise on his appearance on MasterChef, even appearing in women’s magazine New Idea for a multi-page ‘At Home’ spread with his partner Brian.

“When I went in the show, I never wanted them to see me as the gay contestant first, because it’s not about that — it’s about food. But I was really pleased with that magazine spread they did — it showed that audience that [gay people] live normal lives. We could be your next-door neighbour.

“No one’s thrown anything at me yet, so it seems to have gone down OK!”

info: The Hunter Valley Semillon and Seafood Festival runs October 8-10. Visit wwww.huntersemillonandseafood.com.au Visit Alvin Quah’s website at www.cinnamonpig.com.au

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