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MasterChef Cooking Demonstrations

Join some of the best cooks in the country as they show why they shot to stardom in the MasterChef kitchen with great new ways to prepare beef dishes.

The line up of past Masterchef contestants will create amazing meals in the demonstration kitchen and allow you to sample delicious beef products.

Coles Kitchen Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9-10am

Sampling

Mini Angus Burgers

Sampling

Outback Beef Sausages

Sampling

Butterfly Beef

Sampling

Finest Beef Sausages

Sampling

Beef Burgers

10-11am

MasterChef Contestants

Jimmy and Peter live cooking on stage

MasterChef Contestants

Jimmy and Peter live cooking on stage

MasterChef Contestants

Billy and Peter live cooking on stage

MasterChef Contestants

Billy and Peter live cooking on stage

MasterChef Contestants

Dani and Michael live cooking on stage

11am-12pm

Sampling

Meat Balls

Sampling

Finest Steaks - Scotch fillet and porterhouse

Sampling

Slow cooked beef ribs

Sampling

Wagyu Burgers

Sampling

Grill Argentinian steak

12-1pm

Kids in the Kitchen Activity Session - Meatballs

Jimmy and Peter in the BBQ area

Kids in the Kitchen Activity Session

Meatballs

Kids in the Kitchen Activity Session

Hamburgers

Kids in the Kitchen Activity Session

Meatballs

Kids in the Kitchen Activity Session

Hamburgers

1-2pm

MasterChef Contestants

Jimmy and Peter in the BBQ area

MasterChef Contestants

Jimmy and Peter live cooking on stage

MasterChef Contestants

Billy and Peter live cooking on stage

MasterChef Contestants

Dani and Michael live cooking on stage

MasterChef Contestants

Dani and Michael live cooking on stage

2-3pm

Activity Session

Meat Education Session

Carcass Breakdown

Activity Session

How to cook the perfect steak

Activity Session

 

Meat Education Session

Carcass Breakdown

Activity Session

How to cook the perfect steak

Onstage session with the ABC

Activity Session

 

Meat Education Session

Carcass Breakdown

3-4pm

MasterChef Contestants

Jimmy and Peter live cooking on stage

MasterChef Contestants

Jimmy and Peter live cooking on stage

MasterChef Contestants

Billy and Peter live cooking on stage

MasterChef Contestants

Billy and Peter live cooking on stage

MasterChef Contestants 

Dani and Michael live cooking on stage

 

Billy Law

Billy Law, of Malaysian Chinese descent, now resides in Sydney and is proud to call Australia home.

In 1996 Billy moved to Toowoomba, Queensland, to further his studies. Thousands of miles from the country of his birth, he missed home-cooked meals tremendously. That’s when he picked up a spatula and a wok and his passion for cooking began.

“When it comes to cooking, my biggest inspiration has to be my mum," he said. "You will find some recipes on my blog that I’ve learned at my mother’s side, even though we weren’t really allowed to touch anything in the kitchen but only to observe.

"I do believe this was great training as I now cook by following my instincts and am always ready to explore new flavours, rather than to strictly follow recipes”.

With his Asian background and the influence of western culture, he counts himself lucky to have been exposed to some of the most spectacular cuisines from both worlds. Billy is always on the move, with his camera, travelling to different countries, exploring cultures, submerging himself in the sights and sounds of the culinary world.

Billy Law is one of Australia’s top food bloggers. A Table For Two features some of the best eats from Sydney and around the world with drool-worthy food photography to whet your appetite.

His passion for cooking led him to Masterchef 2011, ultimately hitting the top 10. Since leaving the competition, Billy has submerged himself in the food industry, working part time at a patisserie, hosting cooking demonstrations, and guest appearances at Noosa Food & Wine Festival and Tasting Australia in South Australia. He is also busy writing, cooking, and testing recipes for his upcoming cookbook - Have You Eaten?, due out in September 2012. While juggling between dishes, Billy is also hosting a 9-Day Culinary Tour to his home country, Malaysia this April.

“I love food in all its wild variety and I believe we should try everything once, love it or hate it.”

Dani Venn

MasterChef audience favourite Dani Venn made a big splash on our screens last year.

The MasterChef judges were impressed with her knowledge of Asian flavours, skill in the kitchen and her enthusiastic and relentless energy.

Dani always wore her heart on her plate and was always happy, whether laughing or crying.

"Dani has such an infectious personality. Her laugh lit up the MasterChef kitchen,” MasterChef judge Matt Preston said.

Since leaving the competition, Dani has been developing her food blog and expanding her career aspirations and media opportunities. She is also a Starlight Foundation ‘Serving Up Smiles’ Ambassador, as well as an Ovarian Cancer Australia Ambassador.

Dani’s love of food and cooking came from watching her Mum work the wok to create delicious meals for the family. Chinese food has influenced Dani’s style, as her ancestors were some of the first Chinese settlers to come to Australia.

After she finished high school, Dani spent seven months voluntarily teaching English in Vietnam. She discovered street food, ate as much as she possibly could, and experienced an amazing and intriguing way of living.

Combine that passion with her sense of adventure and travel, and Dani is definitely making her dreams a reality.

Peter Vickery

Even as a small child Peter was immersed in cooking, for family and friends, in share houses as a student, and on into later life - Peter was always the designated chef. 

Although cooking has been a sustaining passion, restaurant work did not appear to be an option. Upon leaving school he followed a career path in art and account management, but all the while food was a constant.

A love of gardening, particularly the growing of heirloom vegetables, combined with extensive international travel has informed his style and the dishes he creates. He has more than 30 years experience travelling through Asia, from the hippy, backpacker trail through to 5-star luxury, discovering the people, culture and especially the food of this complex and beautiful region.

The Masterchef competition empowered Peter in his dream to become a grower and producer of food. He is currently living and working in the Hunter region of New South Wales, designing and creating kitchen garden projects, blogging about his tree change adventures, performing and cooking at live events. He is also a regular on ABC 1233 Newcastle, and his weekly segment, "The Vicar of Nibbly", is immensely popular.

 

Peter is proof that it's never too late to make a change in your life. This adventurous spirit is a reflection of his attitude to creating a meal and he encourages people to try new things and take risks.

"The world of food is a playground of exotic produce and amazing flavours, so live, learn, experiment and have fun - that's what it's all about," he said.

Michael Weldon

A food lover from a very young age, Michael's cooking has kept evolving and growing as he did. The more he experienced, the more he loved food. From his love of eating, his passion for cooking was born. From there his life has been one crazy culinary rollercoaster. 

The rollercoaster really gained some momentum last year when Michael entered the2011 MasterChef competition. After original needing a little nudge to get his entry form in on time (this was a mate daring him to enter), from that day forwards he has never looked back. Through hard work and some serious enthusiasm Michael made it to the final two of the competition and was narrowly beaten in the final. This did nothing to deter Michael and it in fact inspired him to go on to more great things in the kitchen.

Since finishing MasterChef Michael has been very busy. Working with many different organisations on many different from cooking at schools to cooking at cooperate retreats.

In October 2011 he moved to Melbourne to work for MasterChef judge Gary Mehgian at Fenix Restaurant. This was a culinary scholarship he received as a prize for finishing second. After a furious three months of blood, sweat and tears in Melbourne, he has headed back home to Adelaide where he will be writing recipes for a few South Australian companies. While he is back he is also opening a Pop-Up restaurant to give people a chance to experience his food and to try and figure out exactly what type of restaurant he want to open. His final project whilst back in his beloved Adelaide it to plant out his kitchen garden on some land a friend has given him in the Adelaide Hills.

To keep up with Michael movements, plans and possible Pop-Up restaurants on other states follow on twitter @MichWeldon or on his website.

Jimmy Seervai

In 2009 when Jimmy returned from India visiting family and friends, he was encouraged to apply for MasterChef Australia by his family.

Not knowing what was ahead of him he cooked his heart out to make the top 50 where he made his famous chilli mud crab signature dish, which launched him into the top 24. The rest, as they say, is history.

Post MasterChef Jimmy has been working as a chef in many restaurants, trying to gain the experience he is looking for to set up his own place. He has also been featured on numerous cooking shows and worked with countless charities.

However, his main focus has been creating the right ingredients to create fantastic food!

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