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Master skills

Katrina Ryan

has been a chef alongside Neil

Perry at Rockpool and cooked for Nicole

Kidman before she opened

The Golden Pig

Food andWine School

(now also a café) in

Newstead with husband Mark, so you know her

Beer, Birds, Beef and Barbecues menu isn’t going

to be a typical grill (hot smoking is just one of

the skills she shares in this class).

Sourdough is the bread du jour right now and,

according to Ryan, it’s not as hard to make your

own as you think. Her breadmaking class on 14

December will be one of the last for this year but

if becoming a master chef is on your new year’s

resolution list, mark your calendar for the Taste

of Vietnam class and other delights coming in

February. Classes $165 per person. For calendar

and details see

Food to the rescue

OzHarvest rescues approximately

15 tonnes of food a week from

being wasted in Brisbane and

redistributes it to community

organisations for people in need.

Now they are using fresh produce

that would otherwise be discarded

in Cooking for a Cause, operating

from their own new community

kitchen in Fortitude Valley. Since

it opened in July the kitchen has

helped produce almost 5000 meals

under the direction of some of

Brisbane’s most celebrated chefs

and a merry band of students and

volunteers. BenWilliamson from

Gerard’s Bistro and Bar will lead

a class on 19 January and, instead

of students eating their work, the

finished dishes will be delivered out

to the community. Class $150 per

person. Also see Oz Harvest’s new


Urban Harvest

, which

contains recipes

from top chefs such

as Matt Moran and Neil Perry.

Cost $60, buy online at the




call 3621 2097 for details.

Eat yourself sexy

From growing up on remote farms in Africa and

getting her first cookbook at age 5, to opening

her cooking school at Wilston, vivacious

Melanie Townsend

has indeed been on a

culinary adventure. Her Wild about Africa class

is close to her heart but it’s not the only exotic

journey students can take at her

Vanilla Zulu

cooking classes.

On the calendar of classes in January

alone, tastes range from rustic Italian and

Mediterranean to modern French, Thai and

Spanish flavours. But for ever popular is the

Eat Yourself Sexy master class (14 January) that

shows high protein, low fat, low carb meals don’t

have be to be dull and boring. This is not about

dieting but about eating more effectively. Cost

$135 per person. For the calendar and to book


Reality bites

My Kitchen Rules

season finalists

Chloe James


Kelly Ramsay

will host a pop-up cooking

school at the newly branded

Hotel Jen

on Roma

Street, city, cheekily called ‘Cook Like a Bitch’.

Using ingredients from Hotel Jen’s edible rooftop

garden, Chloe and Kelly will whisk students

through tips on ‘nose to tail’ cooking followed by

an MKR-style three-course dinner party. Classes

from 5pm on 30, 31 January and 1 February

2015. Cost $199 per person, bookings online at

Focus on organic

Brenda Fawdon

is the visionary chef behind

Australia’s first licensed organic restaurant:

Mondo Organics

in West End, and she shares

her passion in classes such as Eat Yourself to

Good Health, seasonal Wholefoods menus

and gluten and dairy-free recipes. Fawdon

has recently returned from Italy so expect to

see classes inspired by her travels in the new

year. Guest chefs also drop in to demonstrate

a range of world cooking from French desserts

to Spanish tapas. Classes from $100 per person

or see

. Fawdon’s


Wholehearted Food

(UQ Press) is out now

RRP$39.95 at bookstores and online.


| BNE December 2014/January 2015

Mondo Organics

Vanilla Zulu

The Golden Pig