Cooking with kids – knife safety

Cooking with kids – knife safety

    Seven Tips for Knife Safety with Kids Cooking with kids is such a fun and memorable experience. Safety is one of the top priorities in any kitchen and using a knife safely is essential. Kids can learn kitchen confidence and become a willing helper in the kitchen with these safe tips to get them …

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The road to becoming a chef – part two

The road to becoming a chef – part two

     Becoming an apprentice chef – the list of working conditions doesn’t exactly read like a career you would want to pursue – hot, busy, high pressure, antisocial long hours, standing all day, minimal pay. You must be crazy to go ahead on this path. My Dad certainly thought so – for him education was …

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The road to becoming a chef – part one

The road to becoming a chef – part one

My career has had some really interesting and hard moments contributing to some amazing opportunities and learning experiences. The path to being a chef is one that is chosen for a variety of reasons – some have a history of cooking in their family, some just like the idea of the job and for some …

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Easy ways to cook well, eat well and have fun doing it

Easy ways to cook well, eat well and have fun doing it

An interesting revelation has come to come me lately. I always had this preconception that as a chef just because I know how to cook I must know how to eat. Let me explain my logic here – when you can cook and anything and enjoy cooking surely you must only eat the very best …

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What is creating Christmas Magic with Luisa and Jennie?

What is creating Christmas Magic with Luisa and Jennie?

  Christmas can be an interesting time of year. People are either stressed out shopping for the “perfect” gift or looking forward to spending time with family and friends over the break. Sometimes you may be like me for the last 14 years in the hospitality industry and you are dreading the onslaught of Christmas parties that …

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When is it convenient to buy ready made?

When is it convenient to buy ready made?

   Ready made. Microwave meals. Convenient food. All becoming big no no’s in the culinary world. Why? I hear you ask. Depending on the quality of the product, made processed food items can contain more chemical numbers, salt and sugar than they do real ingredients. So when is it ok to buy ready made products …

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Undercover Chef Tip – Having your cake and cutting it too

Undercover Chef Tip – Having your cake and cutting it too

  Ever starting cutting up a beautiful birthday cake and found by the third slice it looks a little less than beautiful? So what to do?  An easy solution is to warm up the knife in hot water to allow it to cut through the icing cleanly.  So how do you warm up the knife …

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The knives are out – how to choose a kitchen knife that works for you

The knives are out – how to choose a kitchen knife that works for you

  Besides what is is my favourite food to cook, what type of knife do I use is another question I am often asked.  So how do you know what type of knife to invest in, what to look for and where to save your dollars?  Let’s start with some basic points to consider: 1. …

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Putting the Merry in your Christmas

Putting the Merry in your Christmas

Stuck for last minute Christmas idea? Know someone that loves to cook or you wish they did? Never fear, I offer gift vouchers that can be purchased as either a dollar amount ($50 etc) or class bookings ($150+) which you can provide as either valid for one two hours class or speak to me and …

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Cooking your best without the stress

Cooking your best without the stress

What if creating in the kitchen could be fun and easy? What if you could go from this: To this: Any of these scenarios familiar? A whole lot of ingredients and no idea what to do? A mix that just hasn’t worked? Empty fridge and it’s dinner time? What if all these problems could be …

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Keeping it cool and classy with Champagne Pops

Keeping it cool and classy with Champagne Pops

Hello Sunshine! You could be forgiven for thinking it’s Summer all year round here in Queensland with the weather at the moment. So what adult treat can you whip up to keep it cool and classy? Champagne pops of course! Now I am not suggesting you have to use Champagne for this recipe, good quality …

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A picture is worth a thousand bites

A picture is worth a thousand bites

Food photography. It can be a love hate sort of deal. Why are people taking photos of their meal? is a common refrain. As a chef, a photo of a meal can serve a multitude of purposes – as an example of how you’d like your meal plated so those replicating know exactly what goes …

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8 Easy hints and tips for dinner party success – the food!

8 Easy hints and tips for dinner party success – the food!

Following up from my last blog of tips and tricks for dinner party success comes the most important part. The food! More often than not this is the part that brings the most stress to the host’s planning. What to cook. How will it look. Will there be enough. Will everyone like it. Or will …

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Undercover Chef Tip – How to stop it becoming a sticky situation

Undercover Chef Tip – How to stop it becoming a sticky situation

  Honey, treacle, golden syrup, glucose….all a bit of a pain to measure out for a recipe without making a sticky mess or losing half of it to the sides of your cups. So how do you make sure you have all your measured ingredients into the mix without fuss? Running the cup or spoon …

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