Brother Rowan Le Sueur, 12, and sister Zoe, 10, ham it up in the kitchen.
Brother Rowan Le Sueur, 12, and sister Zoe, 10, ham it up in the kitchen. Jacklyn Wagner

Junior MasterChefs of Bangalow

BLAME the hit series Junior MasterChef for all those youngsters creating dirty dishes in kitchens near you.

Not that parents mind. They’re too busy enjoying such restaurant-class dishes as glazed pork belly.

At the Le Sueur household in Bangalow, it’s Rowan, 12, who’s usually in charge of the kitchen while mum Melanie and dad Lyle sit back and enjoy gourmet meals.

“He’s a typical 12-year-old in many ways. He loves BMX biking and skateboarding and he just got his first surfboard,” Melanie said.

“But he also loves cooking. Sure, Rowan will do kids stuff like nachos but he likes to tread on the wild side of cooking too. He gets recipes off the internet.

“I bought him a pasta machine for his birthday and a blowtorch for Christmas.

“He’s in the kitchen every day and often cooks the family dinner.”

With his sister, Zoe, 10, Rowan will be one of the children taking part in a Seriously Kids cooking class next Tuesday and Wednesday being run by Bangalow Cooking School.

The location is the A&I Hall and the cost is $70 per child.

Children need to be 10 years old and above, but children of eight years up can join in if they are accompanied by an older sibling or parent.

“The classes are totally hands-on and embrace all aspects of food preparation, service and sharing and fun,” cooking school director Leah Roland said.

“Children prepare a range of dishes which they will then eat for lunch.”

Rowan said he liked to make ravioli (stuffed with potato and served with roast tomato sauce), fettuccine and desserts like blueberry creme patisserie.

“My interest in cooking started off with me helping dad cook sausages on the barbie. But it’s really just a hobby. I don’t want to be a chef.”

Zoe said she and Rowan often shared dinner duties.

“He’ll cook the main course and I’ll cook dessert,” she said.

“I like to make chocolate cake and banana cake and I made a chocolate fondue once. I can make spaghetti bolognaise too.”

When she grows up she wants to be a vet. But her labrador Susie doesn’t get any titbits from her gourmet adventures.

“We keep her outside.”

Ms Roland said the children’s cooking classes had been so popular that she may have to hold more.

However, there was still room for more junior masterchefs in the upcoming course.

For more info call 6687 2799.

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