Pumpkin patch growing for Irymple couple

Irymple pumpkin grower Jacob Vallelonga works on his backyard patch with wife Gabriella.
Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Irymple pumpkin grower Jacob Vallelonga works on his backyard patch with wife Gabriella. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

GROWING pumpkins on a whim led Irymple’s Jacob and Gabriella Vallelonga to an unexpected encounter with two former ­MasterChef reality stars.

The couple, who are harvesting their first crop, had a surprise visit from Arum and Samuel from the popular TV series MasterChef Aust­ralia earlier this year.

“We were quite stoked because we’re MasterChef fans and it turned out they were our first-ever clients,” Mr Vallelonga said.

“They were in the region to host a sunset dinner on the banks of the Murray River Salt harvest site at Mourquong at the time.

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