Junior Chef Programme
For everyone who missed the original planned Junior Chef Programme meant to take place over the months of March - May we are happy to announce that we have released the new dates for August.
If your children have a taste for the kitchen this course will encourage them to improve their skills in a professional, yet creative environment. Covering a range of integral cooking techniques, food safety as well as educating about the use of local, seasonal and sustainable produce this course is designed to foster well rounded and competent young cooks.
Check out the programme below.
Lesson 1 – Cooking with Eggs
Participants will be introduced to the ins and outs of the kitchen, as well as practicing the many ways of cooking the humble egg to perfection.
Lesson 2 – Chicken, using the whole bird
We’ll be demonstrating how to best utilize all the parts of a whole chicken so that the breasts, legs and all the other bits are cooked perfectly, wasting nothing!
Lesson 3 – Sweet and Savoury Pies
Here we’ll be preparing an amazing dough from scratch, that will be shaped into a delicious savoury pie as well as a stunning summer fruit galette.
Lesson 4 – Pizza – dough, sauce and flavour pairing
In this lesson we’ll show how bread is made, how to make a fresh tomato sauce and how to combine flavours together – these will all be used to create the perfect pizza!
Lesson 5 – Middle Eastern Cooking with Spices
Cooking with spices doesn’t mean making hot, spicy food. By preparing a flavourful braised lamb and rice pilaf dish, the participants will get the chance to familiarise themselves with different spices and their beautiful aromas.
Lesson 6 – Pasta – made from scratch
Looking at different kinds of pasta and how they are made, we’ll uncover recipes from the north of Italy all the way down to the Maltese Islands to prepare typical cannelloni with an MCA twist, made entirely from scratch using artisanal local ingredients!
Lesson 7 – Carrot cake, frosting and biscuits
We’ll be finishing our time together in the kitchen on a sweet note. We’ll be making a carrot cake layered with creamy frosting, crunchy ginger biscuits and decorating it to make a show stopping impression!
Lesson 8: Restaurant visit
For this last session we will go visit one of Malta's most highly acclaimed restaurants so as to tour a prestigious kitchen and demonstrate it's inner workings.Once there we will meet the head chef that produces some of the islands most exquisite and creative food. The students will have the opportunity to have a discussion with the chef as well as a demonstration and tasting of one of their signature dishes.
The course will cover the following:
· Practical examples of using seasonal and local products.
· Building sauces from scratch.
· A variety of cooking techniques from simmering to sautéing, poaching and searing.
· A variety of supporting skills including emulsification, aeration and gauging cooking temperature and times
· Theoretical and practical sessions about the 5 tastes, the flavour wheel and the importance of balance.
· Practicing knife skills, proper food storage as well as correct hygiene and safety practices in the kitchen.
- The Programme will also include a visit one of Malta's most highly acclaimed restaurants so as to tour a prestigious kitchen and demonstrate it's inner workings, meet the head chef and taste of one of their signature dishes.
School registration number SL 12516