Last Thursday in 4/5 we had a chef, Stuart Rees, come to our classroom. He talked about places that he has been. When he was little he wanted to be an archaeologist. He used to go to his Grandma’s and watch her cook and he used to read his Mum’s cooking magazines. His Mum told a chef that he liked to cook and he had some work experience in the kitchen where he washed dishes and mopped floors and he didn’t like that very much because he wanted to cook.
He used to make banana cake and he gave each of us a little cake each. Banana cake was the first thing he ever learnt to cook. He never followed the recipe because he just did it his own way. He gave us a copy of his recipe for banana cake.
When he was 16 he entered a cooking competition and he had no idea of what he would cook. In the end he made pate and he came second. He still has his cup that he won.
There was poster at his work and it was advertising a trip to China to help teach kids to cook Australian food. He went to China for 4 months and he taught Chinese children to cook and this was hard because he didn’t speak Chinese and the interpreter sometimes made mistakes.
His favourite dish that he invented was with an oyster and a raw prawn wrapped pastry and cooked. He loved it but some of his work colleagues were not so sure.
Written by Kate and Alira
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