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Cooking Masterclass and Lunch by the Lake

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by Peter Hancock (subscribe)
Journalist, historian and naturalist living in Perth's eastern suburbs.
Event:
My Kitchen Rules cook for Denmark masterclass
Jordan Bruno, a finalist in the 20216 TV cooking show, My Kitchen Rules, will be combining his passion for Maltese Italian food and his newfound love for native ingredients in a Denmark masterclass.

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Celebrity cook Jordan Bruno will be holding masterclasses at the Lake House Denmark.


Lunches at The Lake House Denmark with masterclasses beforehand will be held on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.

Held as part of 10-day food and wine celebration, Taste Great Southern, Jordan will feature some of the region's quality produce.

The hands-on cooking class will be followed by lunch by the lake with a glass of Lake House wine.

Since appearing on My Kitchen Rules in 2016 with his mum Anna, getting through to the semi-finals, Jordan has pursued a career in cooking, hosting food festivals and launching his pop-up restaurant and Outback Eats food truck specialising in Native Australian food.

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Jordan Bruno with his mum, Anna, on My Kitchen Rules.


While the food truck has been on hold during much of the COVID pandemic, Jordan has pursued his interest in Australian native foods as part-owner and marketing director of Roogenic, working with small farmers and Indigenous communities to source native Australian plants that can be used in cooking and wellness products.

Roogenic creates teas and spices from the plants.

Its range of 19 spices are helping to promote Australian food culture and Jordan says the company which started around five years ago has grown into a multi-million-dollar business.

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The Lakehouse Denmark will host two cooking masterclasses with lunch.


Plants featured range from Kakadu Plum which has the highest concentration of Vitamin C of any plant to Davidson Plum, which is used by many professionals in desserts.

Many of the plants are gathered from the wild by local Indigenous communities rather than using traditional European farming methods.

The visit to Denmark will be the first time in a while that Jordan has been to the far south of the State, but says he is excited to discover more of the region's food culture.

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Jordan Bruno serves up canapes.


He is also looking forward to being able to work with local produce from the Great Southern, where he says the climate allows different types of food to be grown that aren't available in Perth.

The masterclasses at the Lake House will involve Jordan cooking with guests and sharing the food as it is prepared.

Some of the dishes will focus on the Maltese Italian style of cooking that people will remember from My Kitchen Rules, but it will also include some of the native Australian ingredients he is now working with.

Jordan hopes people attending the class will go away with information they can use in their own cooking.

He says he'll feature local produce and cook something traditional like homemade pasta.

Using local ingredients and what's seasonal means you can't go wrong according to Jordan.

In all his cooking demonstrations Jordan encourages people to buy local, seasonal produce which can transform a dish and will stay fresh longer in the fridge than something imported from elsewhere.

In the cooking classes, Jordan will share his philosophy that food is about connections with a shared meal providing an ideal opportunity to communicate.

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Jordan's Outback Eats pop up.


For him food is how he expresses love and affection.

His involvement with Roogenic has made a significant impact on his cooking style taking in much of what he has discovered from Indigenous Elders who have introduced him to Aboriginal cooking.

That involvement has taught him much about how the land works and the way we should be caring for the land and honouring the ingredients we use.

There is much to learn from an Australian food culture that has existed for more than 60,000 years.

To find out more about the lunches or to book tickets go to https://www.wineandfood.com.au/event/lunch-by-the-lake/
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Why? A masterclass with the effervescent Jordan Bruno sharing the secrets of his Maltese Italian heritage and new-found discoveries of native ingredients, with lunch and a glass of wine thrown in, all in the relaxed surrounds of The Lake House Denmark.
When: Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14 from 9am to 2pm.
Phone: 08 9848 2444
Where: The Lake House Denmark, 106 Turner Road, Denmark, Western Australia
Cost: $200
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