Keeping the kitchen alive
IN Perth foodie circles, the name Peter Kenyon is a special one.
The much-loved “Cooking Professor” died in 2012 after a two-year battle with cancer, leaving his namesake school behind.
Not wanting to lose his legacy, chef Riki Kaspi took it over and has been running classes in his honour ever-since.
Kaspi, who recently moved into a new venue on Scarborough Beach Road in Mt Hawthorn, said it was important to continue to share Kenyon’s food legacy.
“Peter established the cooking school in 2007 and he was a person with a great vision,” Kaspi said.
“Apart from his ‘day job’ as a professor of economy policy at Curtin University, he loved food and cooking and had the passion, the charisma and personality to share this love with any person who was around.
“Peter believed that anyone could and must know how to cook and all you need is to provide them the space and the confidence to join a team and cook a great meal together.”
Kaspi was born in Israel and specialises in North African and Middle Eastern cuisine.
She said the cooking school would always aim to make sure Kenyon’s legacy of high cooking standards would remain – he would also remain the face of the school.
“Our mission statement is ‘we teach, you cook’,” she said.
“We offer hands-on cooking classes in a wide range of cuisines, including Moroccan, French, Italian and Spanish, as well as cooking techniques.
“Each cooking class includes 12 to 14 people and lasts three hours.
“It is a one-off experience, a journey conducted by our friendly and experienced chefs and class instructors, which begins with the raw products and finished with a great feast.”
Riki Kaspi is now running The Cooking Professor.