Valerie & Courtney

Brisbane mother and daughter team, Valerie, 61, and Courtney, 29, are set to spice things up.

MKR8 Teams - Group 3 - Valerie & Courtney

Group 3 - Mother & Daughter - Queensland

"My mum loves her spices," says Courtney. "She carries raw chillies in her handbag."

"If the food's a bit bland, the chillies come out," admits Valerie, a real estate agent who has been married to husband Errol for 40 years.

Courtney, who works in media sales, is the eldest of their three children.

"Courtney makes me feel young at heart and I love spending time with her," says Valerie.

"I'm so grateful to be in this competition with mum," offers Courtney. "I couldn't think of anyone else I'd want to share this experience with."

Valerie and Courtney study their past for success in the future, drawing on their Anglo Indian roots.

"Our recipes have been passed down through generations," says Courtney.

"I have a book of my father's recipes that's been with me for about 44 years," reveals Valerie. "I think it's going to be our secret weapon."

"I always remember mum in the kitchen cooking and in earlier times my Poppy," says Courtney. "I liked to help out where I could and learned a lot from watching on."

"You've never seen food like ours," promises Valerie.

Food Philosophy:
Food from the heart and keep the traditions alive.

Savoury and sweet

In The Kitchen:
Valerie is the boss and Courtney is the sous chef. Valerie is a home cook and likes an abundance of everything. Courtney feels she wants to do too much so reigns her in and keeps everything organised. Valerie is very traditional while Courtney gives it a modern flair when she can. There are plenty of fireworks but Courtney has a deep respect for her mother.

Home Cook Heroes:
Valerie: My dad Joe.

Courtney: My mum. She has lived and breathed food, especially Indian cuisine. She was born in New Delhi, and was educated on food, traditions, culture, flavours and taste by my poppy (her dad). I have learnt a lot from mum and still have a lot to learn. As she loves to remind me, I'm lucky to have such an accessible food mentor and role model.

Signature Dish:
Valerie: I don't have just one My lamb curry, glace/glaze, kitchari and jalfrezi are typical Anglo Indian dishes which I learnt from my father and now my family always asks me to cook.

Courtney: Lamb curry (with plenty of accompaniments). It is special to mum and I because it's a family favourite and we have enjoyed it at home a lot. I first ate a lamb curry when I was just three-years-old.

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