Step­ping up to the plate

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

There’s a hunger in the eye of young chef Aaron Cordes and MasterChef 2010 win­ner Brett McGre­gor thinks he has what it takes.

The Pon­sonby In­ter­me­di­ate School stu­dent has been rustling up recipes in the kitchen with Mr McGre­gor at the launch of a free na­tion­wide cook­ing pro­gramme this month.

Mr McGre­gor has joined forces with Parmco Ap­pli­ances to get kids pas­sion­ate about food in the three-week Let’s Cook pro­gramme be­ing rolled out in more than 370 schools.

Each week the schools re­ceive recipes, tips and a cook­ing video demon­stra­tion from Mr McGre­gor via the Let’s Cook web­site.

Twelve-year-old Aaron is set on be­com­ing a chef and al­ready has his foot in the door, help­ing to pre­pare food at three restau­rants.

A Pon­sonby In­ter­me­di­ate School staff mem­ber says the school has a lot of ‘‘real food­ies’’.

The school wants to find out whether its students can ‘‘wow’’ an adult with culi­nary cre­ations and Aaron is step­ping up to the plate.

He has the right at­ti­tude to make it in the culi­nary world, Mr McGre­gor says.

‘‘He’s got the pas­sion, he’s been ask­ing the right ques­tions and has the build­ing blocks to be­come a great chef.’’

But the bud­ding chef had a bit of a palaver with Mr McGre­gor’s ‘‘no fuss, no mis­take pav’’.

Adding a bit too much wa­ter to the mix forced him to start over.

Aaron isn’t a fan of desserts, pre­fer­ring the fast pace of mains.

‘‘The thing I like about mak­ing mains is you are do­ing some­thing the whole time un­til you put it on the plate, but with desserts there’s a lot of wait­ing.’’

But this wannabe-chef has come around to the the idea of whip­ping up an­other pavlova at home.

Schools with the most votes at the end of the pro­gramme will win one of eight Parmco kitchen pack­ages worth more than $150,000.

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