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Chefaholic set to sizzle

EASTERN Shore residents will soon be able to rival any Michelin-starred restaurant with the upcoming opening of the ‘Chefaholic Cooking School’, run by internationally travelled and awarded chef Stephen Lunn.

Operating out of the home Mr Lunn shares with his partner, Louise, which is situated on the ‘8 Grape Estate’ in Cambridge, the school will offer professional cooking classes in a rural setting, using only local and home grown produce.

Mr Lunn said the reason the couple wanted to start their own cooking school was not to teach people how to cook, but rather to “enhance their skills.”

“I want to give people some of the industry tips we use as professionals and incorporate that into their own style of cooking,” he said.

“This will make them more efficient and able to accomplish some of the things they have seen and wish to replicate in their own kitchen.”

An active participant in the culinary industry for 30 years, Mr Lunn has worked as a chef throughout Australia and Europe, winning numerous awards, including the Gold Award at the Ireland International Salon Culinarie.

He is currently President of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Culinary Federation and works at Guilford Young College as the lead VET Hospitality teacher.

“A lot of people are unsure how to cook certain kinds of food, so I want to give them the confidence and skills to try new things,” Mr Lunn said.

“The classes are appropriate for beginners to people with more advanced skills and will be run in four-hour time slots.

“Classes will range from cooking a five-course meal to pastries, cakes, baked goods and pasta, and learning about dietary requirements.

“All classes are seasonally themed and we will even be running two-hour kids’ classes in the holidays.”

Mr Lunn said it was important to learn how to cook, not only as a means to saving money but because it was simply “an enjoyable experience”.

“It’s good for you and you get instant gratification,” he said.

“Our classes will be very relaxed and people will have a good time cooking in our custom-built kitchen, while also receiving loads of professional cooking tips.

“Basically, people will walk out more confident than when they walked in.”

Chefaholic Cooking School classes will be operating from the end of August on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

Other days are available by special arrangement for group bookings.

For more information or to make a booking, phone 0407 175 720,

or 0408 820 367 email chefaholic.tas@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chefaholic.cooking.school

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