The Margaret River Primary School Kitchen Garden Team presented its second Champion Chef night in the kitchen last Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 9:00pm.
Early patrons of the once a term event wandered through the twilight-lit garden admiring the plants and trees which are the source of so much of the kitchen’s supply of food.
Champion chef for the night Sean Carter from Muster restaurant, ably assisted by fourth year apprentice chef Mikaela Long, presented three delicious dishes to the enthusiastic gathering of approximately 2twenty attendees.
1. Leeuwin grass fed beef Carpaccio, pickled radish, herbs, aioli, 34 degrees olive oil
2. Slow braised Arkady lamb shoulder, gnocchi, broad beans, parmesan, spinach, chilli, basil
3. Bahen & Co chocolate fondant, vanilla bean ice cream, strawberry coulis.
Throughout the evening Sean and Mikaela gave frequently amusing, humorous commentaries and tips on sourcing, preparing, cooking and serving food of all types to their audience, with the most important message from Sean being to seek as much high quality produce from Margaret River region suppliers as is possible. Muster prides itself on using 90% local produce in completing its menu. Both chefs also explained how they had come to be working at Muster together and their background to becoming chefs.
The kitchen garden team of Geoff, Mel and Suzie worked overtime throughout the evening assisting the visiting chefs where required and serving food and refreshments to the guests, who included well known identities from within the school, as well as past students and parents and friends.
Mr McLeod himself demonstrated he is no slouch when it comes to the art of cleaning dirty dishes and that Mrs McLeod has clearly been a strong influence in his acquisition of kitchen skills and etiquette.
A terrific night was enjoyed by all and once again the kitchen garden program has demonstrated its value and importance to both the school and community.
Written and photos by Gary Gibben; Posted by D. Veary