Centacare's Masterchef Cook Off
05 Jul 2011
The Commissioner for Children and Young People, Ms Megan Mitchell, attended and judged Centacare’s Masterchef Challenge on Monday July 4, 2011.
Eight young people, who participate in various programs and services run by Centacare, observed a cooking demonstration on how to make an omelette and, later, spaghetti bolognaise.
The young chefs then paired off and produced warm, cheesy omelettes for everyone to get stuck into.
After some much needed sustenance, they began expertly chopping, dicing and slicing the vegetables for the bolognaise sauce. It seemed, at one stage, everyone had their own piece of advice for preventing onion tears but none of the young people needed it. The chefs just got on with browning the vegetables and meat and adding the tomatoes.
They finally progressed to the art of seasoning with professional flicks of the hand. Just in time for lunch, the kids plated up and delivered to the judges table for the verdict.
The judges – the Commissioner and David Ella (Indigenous Education Officer for Broken Bay Diocese) – noted in their final presentation that they were extremely impressed by the mastery, organisation, seasoning, presentation and attention to hygiene and keeping work stations clean. The young chefs all received Masterchef mugs for participating and left knowing how to cook some yummy staples. The judges both left lunch in a heavenly food coma.
Centacare Broken Bay works with and for people in making a positive difference in their lives leading to improved well-being, sustained support networks and a sense of hope for the future. Centacare Broken Bay delivers approximately 80 programs including services to children and their families.