Stepping up to the plate
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.