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; www.churstenoteca.com.au; www.berrystreet.org.au.
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.mealopedia.com.
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.tastesofgoldcoast.com.au; www.thepressclub.com.au.