Wednesday 5 October 2011

MasterChef inspired cooking retreat at Byron

In celebration of the Peppers partnership with MasterChef Series 3, Peppers Coorabell Retreat in the peaceful Byron Hinterland is staging a two-night cooking discovery using the region's finest seasonal produce.

Designed and hosted by Head Chef Adam Hall and Leah Roland from the Bangalow Cooking School, the MasterChef inspired Culinary Experience and Food Education Package will be held November 2-4.

The package includes two nights twin-share accommodation, full breakfast daily, three-course dinner at Wilson's by the Creek, hosted local market tour and cooking school with three-course dinner and Foodscapes farm tour plus a take-home copy of the MasterChef Series 2 cookbook and a MasterChef apron.

Priced from $749* per person twin-share, the package will commence on Wednesday afternoon with a kitchen skills class, followed by a discussion of the ingredients and the cooking style of the evening meal at the picturesque Wilson's by the Creek restaurant.

After breakfast on Thursday morning, guests will accompany Chef Hall and Leah to the local farmers market to source the finest seasonal regional produce.

Then it's back to the retreat for a lunch of gourmet sandwiches and to prepare a three-course dinner.

During the cooking class, guests will unlock secret processes and techniques to preparing and cooking seasonal produce plus they'll have the chance to discuss all things food – taste, smell, colours and textures, sauces and accompaniments with Chef Hall.

To complete the ultimate foodie escape, guests will then be met by local tour guide Karen of Foodscapes and continue the discovery of the region with a tour of local farms and lunch along the way.

Peppers Coorabell Retreat is located just 20 minutes from Ballina, an hour south of Gold Coast Airport and two hours south of Brisbane's Domestic and International Airports.

Call 02 6684 7348 or email

*Subject to availability.

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