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The Press - Zest - - Eating In - KATE FRASER

Do you get the feel­ing that the plethora of cook­ing shows on tele­vi­sion and the num­bers of ex­trav­a­gant cook­books be­ing pub­lished are de­stroy­ing your culi­nary con­fi­dence? That your ev­ery­day meals are as nought when mea­sured against those who know their tam­agoy­aki from their ba­cal­hoada. Time to go to cook­ing school per­haps?

Cook­ing Lessons at Otahuna Lodge, with chef Jimmy McIn­tyre in charge of the demon­stra­tions, of­fers classes wrapped in the com­plete Otahuna ex­pe­ri­ence.

Lessons are held in the large kitchen, with its gen­tle mix of an­tique fur­ni­ture and new fit­tings, the long lunch that fol­lows in­cludes wines matched to the cour­ses, and there are tours of the home­stead and its gar­dens.

The sched­ule kicks off this month with Seafood Feast. The fish se­lec­tion is weather de­pen­dent but could in­clude brill, tur­bot, skate, squid, and scampi and McIn­tyre prom­ises soups, en­trees and main cour­ses ‘‘cooked sim­ply yet with so­phis­ti­ca­tion’’.

Otahuna Lodge then closes its doors from June 17 to July 28 for ‘‘time to re­fresh and re­pair’’, says Miles Refo, the Lodge’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

Classes re­sume dur­ing Au­gust and Septem­ber with flavours of north­ern Italy, home re­gion of Otahuna’s sous chef Filippo Moriggi. Then fol­lows the Tastes of Asia, with pro­duce from Otahuna’s Asian gar­den: galan­gal, wasabi, myoga ginger, Viet­namese mint and kaf­fir limes.

Cal­en­dar: Seafood Feast, Tues­day, May 28: 10am-3pm

■La Scuola Ital­iana, Fri­day, Au­gust 23: 10am-3pm and Sun­day, Au­gust 25: 10am-3pm A Taste of Asia, Fri­day, Septem­ber 13: 10am-3pm, and Sun­day, Septem­ber 15: 10am-3pm Cost: $195 per per­son with re­duced rates for pre­vi­ous at­ten­dees. Pack­age in­cludes: A wel­come cof­fee and tour of the house, 90-minute cook­ing demon­stra­tion/les­son, meal with wine, recipes from all dishes pre­pared dur­ing the les­son, and (weather per­mit­ting) tour of the pro­duc­tive gar­den. To re­serve space, phone the Lodge on 03 329 6333 or email: en­quiries@otahuna.co.nz.

Newskills: Jimmy McIn­tyre teaches a class at Otahuna Lodge.

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