Lakkari Mason and Lilly Klein will be cooking up a storm these holidays.
Lakkari Mason and Lilly Klein will be cooking up a storm these holidays. Craig Warhust

Carving up the kitchen

LOOK out Gympie - a new batch of junior master chefs is in the making these school holidays.

Kids from all over will be carving up the kitchen in Gympie's own children's cooking classes.

The course is for children aged eight to 13.

They will be introduced to an array of culinary processes at local restaurant Capelli on Duke, in cooking classes run by renowned chef Michael Hehir and pastry chef Alicia Nicolaou.

Capelli on Duke manager Carolyn Mandersloot said the kids would be doing everything in the restaurant kitchen from chopping, rolling, stuffing, wrapping, frying and tasting during the two-day classes.

"We try to do as much as possible with them so they get a good range of kitchen skills," she said.

"They really love it and all work to their abilities."

Ms Mandersloot said the classes incorporate all elements of cooking such as picking produce from the restaurant garden to use in dishes, tasting food and manners and presentation.

At the end of the course, children serve a self-prepared three-course dinner to family guests at the restaurant, incorporating all features of dining.

"They get very excited about the dinner party," Ms Mandersloot said.

"Because we are a restaurant, kids get to set the tables, write menus, serve drinks and plate up."

Running in school holidays since January this year, the classes are popular, with some children travelling from the Sunshine Coast.

"A lot of people like to do it because it's a good education in the field of food," Ms Mandersloot said. For details, email Carolyn on info@capellifood.com.au.

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