In 2012, David Hopgood experienced reality TV as a contestant on "My Kitchen Rules" series 3 as one of the Aussie Soldiers. Together with his Chef & Teacher wife Cath they formed COOK WITH LOVE to engage with the community through cooking! This includes fundraising events, cooking demos, and their unique & personally hosted Culinary Battlefield tours that cover countries and locations which relate to Australia's Military History.
Applying for a reality TV cooking show - My Kitchen Rules (MKR) was a spur of the moment decision which has changed his life. David embraced the chance to trial a civilian experience after over 23 years in the Army.
Post MKR his popularity continues to suprise him, but prefering to remain in the Army - it is now it is seen as a great way to promote a cause close to his heart.
A chance to increase awareness and to proudly support fellow veterans affected by their service!
Although David is a current serving member of the Australian Defence Force, he continues to follow his interests in cooking, culinary tours and as an Ambassador for the charity Soldier On. These interests are secondary to the honour of serving Australia as a Army Officer.