Real thing: Miss Lizzies kitchen staff (from left) first-year apprentice Aaron Nowotny, and chefs Shane Davis and Lee Dowdall-Stewart.
Real thing: Miss Lizzies kitchen staff (from left) first-year apprentice Aaron Nowotny, and chefs Shane Davis and Lee Dowdall-Stewart. Jacklyn Wagner

MasterChef gets TAFE cooking

ENROLMENTS in hospitality courses at Wollongbar TAFE have doubled and it's all thanks to the hit television series MasterChef.

Before MasterChef, filling all 15 spots in Kitchen Operations Certificate II was a difficult task.

"Sometimes we couldn't get enough enrolments to run the course," teacher and chef Tyrone McGillick said.

However, all that has changed and now the college is turning away students.

"MasterChef has really got people excited about cooking," Mr McGillick said.

That excitement is something Mr McGillick is letting spill over into his classroom.

"If the students come in talking about what they have seen on MasterChef, I will say, okay let's cook it," he said.

"We will critique dishes from the show, bring in recipes from MasterChef."

The TAFE is now even designing courses to cater to the fans of the television show.

Courses in patisserie skills and desserts will soon be on offer, and anyone is welcome to enrol.

The knock-on effect of the show has also been felt in Lismore's retail sector.

Peppertree Kitchen, which sells cooking accessories, has experienced an approximate 30 per cent increase in sales, which owner Helen Nott attributes to MasterChef.

The shop has been open for 19 years, but the series has given a lift to sales of blow torches used for caramelising, kitchen tools, mezzalunas, mortars and pestles, and pressure cookers.

"There is a new awareness about kitchens," Mrs Nott said.

"It's wonderful."

MasterChef also has its own range of cooking utensils and recipe books which Peppertree Kitchen stocks.

The second series of the Network Ten show concluded on Sunday night with Adelaide lawyer Adam Liaw taking first place.

The second series began with 24 contestants who cooked for the cameras six nights a week.

Gradually all contestants but one were eliminated.

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