Holistic cooking classes a welcome treat in Welcome Creek
WELCOME Creek cooking connoisseurs Wayne and Susan Bryans are offering novices the opportunity to learn healthy and easy meal ideas, using affordable and accessible ingredients, through a coming six-week course.
The couple launched their business, Kitchen Confidence Cookery Studio, four months ago, offering weekly cooking lessons to both adults and children.
"We just want to help people who want to learn how to cook everyday food, and a little bit beyond," Mr Bryans.
"We use all real base ingredients and prepare everything fresh."
A qualified chef with more than 30 years' experience, Mr Bryans installed a commercial grade kitchen - complete with granite benches, a double porcelain sink and a four-cavity oven - in their home on their 40ha property on Gooburrum Rd.
"It's a nice, old-looking style kitchen," he said.
"We've got 20 chooks and have free-range eggs.
"We're trying to be holistic without being hippie - maybe how our grandparents did it a few years ago."
The cookery school is about to launch its Cook for Health course, which will show clients how to prepare and cook quick, easy and healthy meals.
It also will provide handy tips and tricks including how to avoid processed foods in meal preparation.
"Each class you come away with at least three whole meal ideas," he said.
"Then you build up a repertoire of ideas you can draw on.
"It breaks the cycle of cooking the same meals."
Mr Bryans, who was the previous owner of Zest restaurant at Moore Park Beach, said that he was passionate about food.
"I'm passing on the tricks of the trade - I'm not one to keep recipes to myself," he said.
Each weekly class will go for two hours and will cover a specific area of preparation and cooking skills, as well as providing recipes and methods for at least three meals and side dishes, all of which can be adapted to other recipes.
"You don't bring a thing," he said.
"You get to eat everything we make."
The cost of the six-week course is $240, and the regular cooking classes are $40 for adults and $20 for children.
"We're trying to do as much as we can to educate children to eat properly and be enthusiastic about food," Mr Bryans said.