Assistant chef Chris Cater and chef Dion Taylor will soon be conducting Food for Fork gourmet cooking classes at the Tom Quinn Community Centre.
Assistant chef Chris Cater and chef Dion Taylor will soon be conducting Food for Fork gourmet cooking classes at the Tom Quinn Community Centre. Max Fleet BUNCHEF

TV show changes flavour behaviour

WATCHING Kate and Michael’s prowess in the MasterChef kitchen was enough to make any amateur cook feel inadequate and unable to compete.

But the Tom Quinn Centre is coming to the rescue of all struggling cooks with a series of cooking classes, Food for Fork, focusing on different techniques.

The classes, which start next Wednesday evening, will be taken by Bundaberg Property Gallery’s Dion Taylor, a former chef of 12 years who has worked in kitchens around the world.

“It’s about inspiring people to be confident with the food and the flavours,” he said.

The classes, which cost $150 each, will teach people how to make pastry, sauces, condiments and a lot more.

Mr Taylor said apart from skill and confidence, the cooking classes would also give people some tips on saving money.

“If you are cooking your own food and cooking in season you can get a lot more for your money than eating out,” he said.

Mr Taylor said the more confident someone was in the kitchen, the more appreciation they would have for the different flavours when eating out.

The classes also aim to give the students some skills they can adapt.

“Once you get to a confident level of skill you can begin to adapt the flavours when you are cooking other dishes,” he said.

Six sessions, focusing on a different skill for each class, will be held – with space for six students in each session.

But Mr Taylor said if a class was full, an extra session of that class could be held.

Tom Quinn Community Centre spokeswoman Janette Young said the centre saw the community had been seeking out more advanced cooking classes.

“I think everything to do with these classes is to do with MasterChef,” she said.

“These classes are aimed at people who know how to cook, but might want to learn some more skills.”

The funds from the classes will also be used to help support the services the centre already provides.

“We have had a huge amount of interest,” Mrs Young said.

“It was expected; this is something people have been crying out for in the area.”

The cooking classes will be held in the Tom Quinn Centre’s new commercial kitchen, which was completed last year.