Star chef cook­supa storm for food fans

Evening Times - - NEWS - By CA­TRI­ONA STEW­ART

MASTERCHEF: The Pro­fes­sion­als win­ner Gary Maclean showed off his skills to food­ies at his first Sum­mer Mas­ter­class.

Be­fore an au­di­ence of 80 in City of Glas­gow Col­lege’s main lec­ture the­atre, Gary demon­strated the skills and ex­per­tise that won him the show.

Gary, a se­nior chef lec­turer at the col­lege, said: “Host­ing this event was great fun and a great hon­our, and it was ex­cit­ing to use the fan­tas­tic demon­stra­tion kitchen in our lec­ture the­atre.

“The dishes I chose to cook are ones which peo­ple can eas­ily do at home, with in­gre­di­ents that are read­ily avail­able.

“The event gave ev­ery­one an in­sight into how a pro­fes­sional chef works un­der pres­sure and hope­fully they picked up a few use­ful tips.

“Af­ter tonight’s suc­cess, and judg­ing by the num­bers who at­tended and their en­thu­si­asm, I would hope to host sim­i­lar events in the fu­ture.”

Guests watched as Gary pre­pared and cooked a range of dishes from fresh home­made pasta to Chicken Pasanda to Ap­ple Tart Tatin, ex­plain- ing each process as he worked.

Af­ter­wards they got the chance to try the recipes them­selves as well the op­por­tu­nity to chat with the col­lege’s Masterchef and have pho­to­graphs taken.

Norma Walker’s daugh­ter is a stu­dent of Gary’s at the col­lege so she jumped at the chance of watch­ing him cook and meet­ing him.

She said: “It was a very in­for­ma­tive evening and I loved hear­ing Gary’s sto­ries and learn­ing from him. I’d rec­om­mend the event to any­one, even peo­ple who aren’t into cook­ing.

“It was great to see a MasterChef win­ner cook­ing live in­stead of on the TV. He is very pas­sion­ate about the col­lege, es­pe­cially his stu­dents; three helped him at the event.”

The ticket-only event was held in the col­lege’s City cam­pus, which re­cently se­cured a place in the fi­nal short­list for this year’s RIBA Stir­ling Prize.

Gary has sev­eral other events com­ing up in the next few months, in­clud­ing An Evening With Gary Maclean on Fri­day, Au­gust 25.

To find out about op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet Gary and see him in ac­tion, see www.city­of­glas­gow­col­lege.ac.uk

Masterchef Gary Maclean in ac­tion at his Sum­mer Mas­ter­class at City of Glas­gow Col­lege

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