The Pantry Masterclasses – Ian Curley
Recently I finally had the opportunity to attended a Masterclass (cooking show) at The Pantry Brighton. For those who are unaware, The Pantry is an institution in the bayside suburb or Brighton (and surrounds), and over the last few years it has included, to its already diverse list of business ventures, cooking show/Masterclasses with some of Melbourne’s top Chefs. On this evening we were in for a real treat, with a Masterclass from the one and only Mr Ian Curley of The European.
With a blend of whacky and naughty entertainment, guests were treated to a five course meal which highlighted Curley’s eclectic repertoire perfectly. Starting with a Gazpacho to cleanse the pallet it did the trick waking up my taste buds from the humdrum of my earlier tuna salad lunch. Thus the journey began!
From there Curley took to the stage to demonstrate making your very own Gazpacho at home, followed by a demonstration of our second course, Stuffed Zucchini Flowers we were on our way to culinary heaven.
As Curley cussed his was through the Nicoise Salad, much to the delight of the guests his highlight of the evening was the one and only “European Pepper Steak and Horseradish Cream”. This is what Curley is famous for, real food – that is, honest British grub with a sophisticated polished touch.
In between cooking demonstrations guests were entertained with the Comedic antics of George Kapiniaris – whilst at times crude, I have to admit I was almost in tears with rapturous laughter.
When Ian and George were taking a breather, guest were subjected to the sharp acid tongue wit of owner Daniel Vaughn. Daniel was adept at entertaining and shocking his guests with humour one can only find endearing. As he made sure to thank his sponsors, Miele, Cobram and Renault he still managed to joyfully scorn Renault for not offering a car for the “spin the wheel” comp, but managed to wrangle a $10,000 Miele Fridge into the mix. Sadly I wasn’t the winner, however no one was – perhaps better luck next time!