Stuff hair­dress­ing - I want to be­come a Mae­stro Chef

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Photo by SAM SMALLBONE

Trad­ing places: chef Spencer Pa­trick and hair­dresser Christine Garabe­diam

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