Celebrity chef Alana Lowes calls on Queenslanders to raise their cups for cancer

Celebrity cook, TV presenter and writer, Alana Lowes will raise her cup and tip the balance in the fight against cancer this May as a Cancer Council Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea ambassador – and she’s sharing some delicious recipes to encourage Queenslanders to celebrate!

The local celebrity has joined the likes of Poh Ling Yeow, Dominique Rizzo and Matt Moran as a 2014 ambassador, committed to making every cup count in the fight against cancer.

The official Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea date is Thursday, May 22 and more than 6,700 morning tea hosts from around Queensland will gather in living rooms, community centres, schools and workplaces to celebrate and raise more than $2.5 million for cancer research, education programs and patient support services.

Alana said it was a privilege to be involved with such a long-running campaign that supports Australians and their families diagnosed with cancer.

“I certainly don’t need any excuse to enjoy food and Australian’s Biggest Morning Tea brings together two of my favourite passions – eating and raising money for cancer research, prevention and patient support,” Alana said.

“I am so honoured and excited to be a part of this fantastic campaign and hope that my recipe will inspire you to host your own Biggest Morning Tea this year and help a wonderful charity!”

Alana has created an exclusive, mouth-watering recipe, Spicy Aussie Ham and Cheese Melt, for Queenslanders looking to impress their morning tea guests this May.

For more morning tea secrets and scrumptious recipe ideas from our celebrity chefs, visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au.

May is Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea time and there’s never been a better excuse to switch the kettle on, tee up your friends, family and workmates and help tip the balance in the fight against cancer.

Whether it’s a simple morning tea with workmates, a high tea with friends or a school bake sale, you’ll be helping the one in two Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85.

All you need to do is sign on to host an event and start planning! Visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call the Fundraising Hotline on 1300 65 65 85 to find out more.

All funds raised from Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea support our vital work in cancer research, education programs and patient support services.

Thursday, May 22 is the official date of Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, however morning teas can be held any time throughout May or early June.

Cancer Council Queensland is an independent, community-based charity, the achievements of which are made possible by the generosity of Queenslanders.

For more information about Cancer Council Queensland visit www.cancerqld.org.au or call the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.


Spicy Aussie Ham & Cheese Melt

By Alana Lowes for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Makes 4


  • 4 slices of thick bread
  • ¼ cup Alana’s Pantry Spicy Aussie sauce*
  • 4 slices of ham
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese


Preheat the oven grill to high.
Place the bread under the grill to toast one side. Remove from the grill.
Spread the uncooked side of the bread slices with Alana’s Pantry Spicy Aussie sauce. Top with the ham slices and then the cheddar cheese slices.
Place under the hot grill and cook until melted and golden.

*Alana’s Pantry Spicy Aussie sauce is available at Coles Supermarkets nationally