Keep­ing the kitchen alive

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food -

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.”

Visit www.the­cook­ing­pro­fes­sor.com.au.

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d447317

Riki Kaspi is now run­ning The Cook­ing Pro­fes­sor.

With Belinda Cipriano

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