Tour 2015 - TV chefs have taste for Spurs
28 May 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
When Spurs fans Steve Flood and Will Stewart emigrated to Australia a few years ago, they had no idea they’d find fame as reality TV champions.
Both keen chefs, the pair recently put their culinary know-how to the test by entering series six of hit Australian reality series ‘My Kitchen Rules’ – and proceeded to fend off a host of other teams to win the cookery challenge!
Now residing in New South Wales, Essex boy Steve, a long-time Spurs supporter, admits life hasn’t been the same since the duo’s big win.
But with his beloved Spurs in the region for Saturday’s showpiece friendly against Sydney FC, he says a good year for he and Will is about to get even better!
We caught up with Steve ahead of our match at the ANZ Stadium...
Okay Steve, to start, what took the pair of you to Australia in the first place?
Well, a few years before I made the move here I travelled across most of Australia and totally fell in love with the country – and especially Sydney. The harbour city surrounded by water was completely different to what I grew up with and to live a life when you are at the beach every weekend is a dream come true.
How did you get onto My Kitchen Rules?
I was approached by a couple of casting producers at a food festival and we had a conversation around my passion for food and the new career direction I had set out on in the hospitality industry. At the time, I had hopes of opening my own eatery and at first I didn’t even consider the possibility of reality TV. But after hearing them out I began to see what an incredible opportunity it would be. Looking back, I would have been mad to turn it down!
What was it like as the series progressed, and to win the final?
As the series progressed, the bar was continually raised, the pressure increased and so too did the stress, anxiety levels and the competitiveness of everyone involved. It was a fantastic journey but it was also very taxing both mentally and physically. To take the title – as two Brits on Australia’s highest-rated TV show, a couple of ‘Gourmet Pommies’ chancing their luck in the kitchen – is a phenomenal achievement. Being the first all-male team to take the title in the six years the show has been running and to be crowned champions in front of two million viewers – the reality of the situation really hasn’t sunk in yet!
How has life been since you won My Kitchen Rules?
Since we were unveiled on the show, the public’s reaction has been amazing. Everyone was so supportive of us and the attention we suddenly received was very flattering. Our faces and stories quickly found their way into magazines, newspapers, the internet, morning TV and radio – we were across it all. We were chased by paparazzi, trailed by two cars and a motorbike at one stage, and unable to walk down the street without having pictures with anyone who recognised us! We really didn’t understand how big the hype would be around the show and although it’s been a strange new world, we have absolutely loved every minute of it.
Onto Spurs, we always ask fans the same first question, how did you come to support Spurs in the first place?
My dad was a Spurs fan so naturally I followed suit. Growing up near to East London, West Ham was definitely the team I was supposed to go for – my brother foolishly went that way and it made for a very tense house on game day when the two teams faced each other!
Can you remember your first match at White Hart Lane and what it was like?
My first match at the Lane was in the 1990s against Coventry. Dion Dublin scored that day and we ended up losing, so it wasn’t a very good start to my spectator career!
Who are your favourite players to have worn our colours?
Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham will always be up there as my favourite players, especially when they combined. They were incredibly instinctive and intelligent footballers.
And what about a favourite Spurs moment?
One of my favourites has to be turning AC Milan over in the Champions League away from home – I think it takes incredible spirit to do that. Another great moment would be the hat-trick that Ronny ‘The Rocket' Rosenthal scored against Southampton when we were 2-0 down and ended up winning. What a legend!
How does it feel to be able to see us play in Sydney this weekend?
Spurs coming to Sydney has been a long-term dream of mine. Being so far away from the UK and with visits back to Blighty often coming in June and July – during the footie off-season – I’ve not seen a live Spurs game for almost eight years now.
And finally, what does the future hold for the pair of you?
We have some busy times ahead. We are currently trying to surround ourselves with the right team who will assist to get our 'Will & Steve – The Gourmet Pommies' brand up and running, standing on its own two feet away from reality TV. We absolutely want to stay in the kitchen and keep cooking, especially on TV. We’d love a spin-off show so we can take the My Kitchen Rules audience and all our fans on a journey back to the UK to show where our passion for food began. We are also working on a cook book, we’re developing some products and we aim to have our first eatery open by November this year. Exciting times!