Stuff hairdressing - I want to become a Maestro Chef
CHRISTINE Garabediam is one of the entrants vying for spot on the saucepans in the Gazette/ harrisons Maestro Chef competition and is eager to cook her stuffed calamari for the masses.
With a passion for food and natural talent for creativity, the local hairdresser known as “Christina from the Marina” entered the competition for fun.
“I thought to myself, it is the wet season and work isn’t very busy so why not take on a challenge,” she said.
“Cooking is an expression for me, it is like hairdressing, I enjoy it because it is creative and fun.
“I have a variety of recipes that I like to cook and I have cooked for large numbers of people in my life where I have prepared three-course meals.”
As a child Christine grew up in Egypt and became very fond of Middle Eastern flavours.
“I like cooking a lot of Middle Eastern foods. I actually grew up in Egypt so I have a lot of Middle Eastern influence and I come from a family of cooks,” she said.
“Many people in my family know how to cook and we are very passionate about our food.
“I am definitely up for the challenge. I really admire Spencer as a chef and his cuisine is excellent so I hope that I get the chance to work with him.”
Locals are still able to enter the Maestro Chef competition, a joint promotion by Gazette and Queensland’s new restaurant of the year harrisons, until entries close on March 11.
Those who have entered their recipes are in the draw to have their dish featured on the harrison’s menu and work with head chef Spencer Patrick in the kitchen to refine the flavours.
All you need to do to enter is send in a recipe of a dish you love to prepare and fill out the coupon below.
You can send in as many recipes as you like which fit the criteria - a soup, a fish dish, a meat dish, a salad or a dessert-with five winners chosen to become Maestro Chefs.
The winners will be given a special cooking class with Spencer before they prepare their meal for up to 80 diners on the night.
They will also receive two tickets to the dinner plus a special embroidered chef’s outfit.
The Maestro Chef dinner will be held on Saturday, March 19.
Trading places: chef Spencer Patrick and hairdresser Christine Garabediam