Bush cook

School kids learn from pro chefs

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

The founder of gourmet bush tucker pop-up res­tau­rant Fer­vor stopped by Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School last week to give stu­dents an exclusive in­ter­ac­tive cook­ing class.

Last Thurs­day Roe­bourne school­child­ren ex­plored lo­cal na­tive in­gre­di­ents with Fer­vor founder Paul Iskov, who is in the Pil­bara as part of the res­tau­rant’s an­nual North Tour, to get some in­spir­ing ideas about how they could source and cook de­li­cious foods in­clud­ing damper, kan­ga­roo and a wide range of desserts.

The Fer­vor cook­ing class was part of a new pro­gram at RDHS called Roe­bourne En­gaged in Authen­tic Learn­ing, or REAL, to pro­mote stu­dent en­gage­ment in par­tic­u­lar learn­ing ar­eas through skills ses­sions, guest speak­ers and ex­cur­sions.

Roe­bourne DHS maths co-or­di­na­tor Hay­ley Barker, who or­gan­ised the cook­ing ses­sion, said stu­dents hear­ing about how Mr Iskov had made a ca­reer from cook­ing, us­ing lo­cal pro­duce and tourism, was an ideal way to get them in­ter­ested in the learn­ing ar­eas of gar­den­ing and cook­ing.

“When I heard Fer­vor were com­ing I thought what a great way to get the kids to see this is how we can use cook­ing and tourism, and lo­cal gar­den­ing, so it gives them a pur­pose to what they’re do­ing,” she said.

Mr Iskov said stu­dents had been keen to de­velop their knowl­edge of in­gre­di­ents and food sus­tain­abil­ity.

“It was great to cook with the kids and share our knowl­edge and cook­ing tech­niques as well as dis­cuss lo­cal in­gre­di­ents,” Mr Iskov said.

“I think by teach­ing the young gen­er­a­tion about the im­por­tance of cook­ing at home and the health ben­e­fits of na­tive and lo­cal in­gre­di­ents is the way to cre­ate a con­scious future gen­er­a­tion.”

As part of the term two REAL project, Roe­bourne DHS stu­dents will host an open day at the end of term show­ing the changes it has helped them make to the school, com­mu­nity and vol­un­teers.

Pic­ture: Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School

Fer­vor founder and chef Paul Iskov ex­plor­ing lo­cal na­tive in­gre­di­ents with Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School stu­dents and staff at a cook­ing demon­stra­tion last week.

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