WINNING RECIPE: Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre staff Sharon Tambree and Mark Ellis are rapt to offer cooking classes in the revamped kitchen.
WINNING RECIPE: Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre staff Sharon Tambree and Mark Ellis are rapt to offer cooking classes in the revamped kitchen. Kristy Muir

Centre cooks up return of classes in updated kitchen

MASTERCHEF has inspired people across the nation to cook.

But Sunshine Coast residents should look no further than Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre.

The not-for-profit centre is restarting its Community Cooking Group on August 29.

Community kitchen facilitator Sharon Tambree will teach the three-hour weekly class. The Sunshine Coast woman has been involved in the centre for about three years and was looking forward to sharing her wisdom with new visitors to the centre.

"I love everything about community cooking," Ms Tambree said.

"From the social side of it to teaching and even learning new things from the people in the class," she said.

"It is a great way to boost your confidence in the kitchen.

"Teaching at the centre is very rewarding."

The commercial kitchen reopened two weeks ago, after a renovation thanks to a grant from Jupiters Casino.

Community development co-ordinator Mark Ellis said the revamp meant the commercial kitchen could be rented by community members to run their business.

"The kitchen is available 24/7 for anyone that needs somewhere to cook," Mr Ellis said.

He encouraged anyone wanting to learn how to cook to attend the classes.

A $40 payment upfront for four cooking classes was needed to cover the cost of the ingredients.

"These cooking classes are not driven by the centre, but by the people," Mr Ellis said.

"It is hands-on and they get to learn how to cook and work together," he said.

Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre has been open for 30 years and offers affordable childcare, a family support program, free counselling, men's cooking, free tax help, a community garden and art and craft activities.

The centre is open Tuesday to Friday, 9am-3pm. For more informations, phone 5443 6696.

Get cooking

WHAT: Community Cooking Group

WHERE: Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre on 2 Fifth Ave, Maroochydore

WHEN: August 29

CONTACT: 5443 6696

COST: $10 a week


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