St Teresa’s Catholic College students Tess Miller, Nicola Brardotti and Krystal Sheppard.
St Teresa’s Catholic College students Tess Miller, Nicola Brardotti and Krystal Sheppard. Geoff Potter

Market Chef sizzles on Coast

THERE is no Matt Preston or TV cameras, but the pressure is on regardless to serve up the best dish.

Market Chef, Eumundi Markets’ take on the hit Channel 10 show MasterChef, has Sunshine Coast high school students battling it out in an outdoor kitchen every Wednesday.

It started last week with students from St Theresa’s Catholic College and Immanuel Lutheran College stepping up to the hot plate.

The recipe for the day called for jungle curry.

The battle of the kitchen was won by the team from St Theresa’s under the watchful eyes of host chef Peter Wolfe.

Market manager Peter Homan said the young market chefs would compete with new recipes every week, which will feature fresh produce and ingredients from local growers and suppliers available at Eumundi Markets.

The host Mr Wolfe is renowned for his kitchen wizardry and for his exciting recipes incorporating bush foods and organic ingredients.

Mr Wolfe said he was excited to be sharing his passion for food with the next generation of chefs and food lovers.

“It is a privilege to be sharing my knowledge of food selection, preparation and presentation with the students, and also with the market visitors who will enjoy watching the fun,” he said.

“It’s hard to imagine a more vibrant location for a cooking class – the colours, the music, and the upbeat market buzz all combine to provide a pretty unique backdrop.”

The 2011 Market Chef competition will take place on Wednesdays throughout Terms 2 and 3, with two teams battling it out each week, and culminating with a grand final on August 24.

Schools in the running for the title of Market Chef are Immanuel Lutheran College; Peregian Beach College; St Theresa’s Catholic College; Burnside State High School; Maroochydore State High School; Sunshine Beach High School and St Andrews Anglican College.