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An odd as­sort­ment of celebri­ties, in­clud­ing a for­mer foot­baller, a singer, a co­me­dian and Linda Evans, learn to cook with Marco Pierre White. Their first chal­lenge seems rudi­men­tary: mak­ing a sand­wich. But with so many egos in the kitchen there’s surely room for a culi­nary catas­tro­phe or two. Mon­day, 8.30pm, Life­Style Food. critic join­ing other in­dus­try types be­hind the stoves at Church St Enoteca in Rich­mond, Mel­bourne, on Thurs­day, Au­gust 20, to cre­ate a four­course din­ner to raise money for chil­dren’s char­ity Berry Street Vic­to­ria. Lethlean, who man­aged to put a blade through his fin­ger while chop­ping pars­ley for his pork ragout dish dur­ing last year’s Berry Street Chal­lenge, has cho­sen the rel­a­tively safer op­tion of pre­par­ing dessert this year. If you’d like to cri­tique his ef­forts, book a seat at the event; it’s $150 a per­son, all pro­ceeds go­ing to Berry Street Vic­to­ria. (03) 9428 7898;;

loves: Mealo­pe­dia, a meal-plan­ning web­site on which de­spair­ing cooks can type in their key in­gre­di­ents and in­stantly get a list of recipe pos­si­bil­i­ties. Surely the per­fect so­lu­tion when one is left star­ing into the pantry won­der­ing what on earth can be cre­ated from the mot­ley as­sort­ment of in­gre­di­ents. was in­trigued to know whether the site could find a use for some manky car­rots, a tin of corn ker­nels and a hal­fused packet of gravox? Yes in­deed. The recipe it came up with was the rather aptly named Hovell’s Creek pie. www.mealo­pe­

loathes: Chefs who spread them­selves too thin. On the back of his ap­pear­ances, Ge­orge Calom­baris has a range of new roles in­clud­ing, of all things, be­ing the face of Coles (and there was

think­ing lead­ing Aussie chefs were in the busi­ness of pro­mot­ing small lo­cal pro­duc­ers and sup­pli­ers). He’s also fea­tur­ing as a celebrity chef at the Tastes of Gold Coast fes­ti­val from Au­gust 21 to Septem­ber 6.

hopes Calom­baris isn’t tak­ing his eye off the ball at his much­vaunted flag­ship Mel­bourne restau­rant, The Press Club. www.taste­sof­gold­; www.the­p­ress­

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