Fans cheer on MasterChef's Mindy
MASTERCHEF finalist Mindy Woods might be winning the hearts of millions of TV viewers, but her biggest fans are right here on the Northern Rivers.
Her aunties Ros Sten, Rhonda McLean, Robyn Lovejoy and Betty Boulton all live in Lismore and Ballina, and they have been glued to their TVs.
They said it has been nerve-wracking watching their niece on the silver screen, particularly now that Mindy is in the final week of Channel Ten's popular cooking show.
"I couldn't do the things she does," Ms Sten said.
"She's a wonderful girl and we are very proud of her for everything she's done."
Ms Sten said Mindy started cooking at a young age, when the families encouraged the kids to cook on Friday nights.
"She's been doing it since she was in nappies," she said.
"Mindy is very loving to everyone and you can see that quality on the show - it's very genuine.
"What you see is what you get."
She is not the only one in the family to do well, but she is the only one to do it on national TV.
"Mindy is blessed."
A physiotherapist in her "other life", Mindy now lives in Brisbane but often spends time with her Northern Rivers family.
Ms Boulton said her niece had a contagious laugh and loved her relatives. Recently, she was bridesmaid for her sister in Katherine in the Northern Territory.
Ms Boulton said it was "amazing" to think her niece was the favourite to take the MasterChef title.
"I sit there watching it on TV, yelling at it, 'Go Mindy!'," Ms Boulton said.
"She's such a talented girl. She's hard working and very motivated.
"I know she wants to open her own restaurant.
"Even if Mindy doesn't win this thing, it is going to open so many doors for her in the future. It's just the beginning."