Masterchef’s Justine Schofield offers taste of WA’s finest at Global Gastronomy in Garden City

Justine Schofield.
Justine Schofield will host two cooking demonstrations at Garden City as part of Global Gastronomy next weekend.
Justine Schofield. Justine Schofield will host two cooking demonstrations at Garden City as part of Global Gastronomy next weekend.

MASTERCHEF favourite Justine Schofield brings her trademark everyday gourmet to Garden City as part of Global Gastronomy this weekend.

Returning to the shopping centre for a third time, Global Gastronomy is a fresh food festival featuring demonstrations and book signings from some of Australia’s most popular chefs, including Schofield, Karen Martini and Josh Catalano.

It is Schofield’s first appearance at the event and the Sydney local said she was planning to use her two demonstrations to showcase some of Western Australia’s seasonal produce.

“I’ve definitely taken into consideration what is fantastic and in season at the moment and what is wonderful in WA, and so I’ve decided to do a garlic prawn and chilli dish and then also make harissa carrots and homemade hummus, which is so quick and easy but also so delicious,” she said.

“Then I’m also going to do my mum’s braised chicken with cream and mustard, which has that classical French twist to it, and I’m thinking about finishing off with my spaghetti pestom which literally takes about eight minutes from beginning to end but is always a crowd pleaser.”

Each of Schofield’s dishes can be found in her latest cookbook Simple Every Day, which she will also be signing between demonstrations.

“After seven years of doing a television show that has been quite well received by a lot of Aussies out there, I decided I wanted to release a book promoting what people love about me, which is simple everyday food,” she said.

“It’s full of easy meals and time-saving tips for every night of the week but includes a broad range of cuisines as well as some recipes that really showcase vegetables and make them the hero of the dish.

“There is a lot of French influence because that is what I grew up with, and adore cooking and teaching, but Australia is such a melting pot of delicious food from different countries and that has definitely influenced me as well.”

Garden City will host a series of cooking demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 with Schofield slated to take to the stage twice on the Saturday afternoon.

Many of the shopping centre’s retailers will also join in the culinary celebrations, offering customers a selection of samplings and cooking workshops across the two days.

For timetables and more information, check the Garden City website.