Archive for February, 2011

Whats next for Callum?

I have now finished my Scholarship with George Calombaris and his restaurants. I couldn’t be more grateful for my time and the many valuable experiences I had. Working in kitchens for over three months confirmed for me that food is something I want to pursue as a career. The question lots of people ask me now is what’s next for Callum? Since leaving The Press Club group recently I have been doing a few catering gigs, cooking demos and charity work. What I’m really about though is education about food.

I have a fantastic opportunity during March and April to visit a group of university colleges, where I will spend time with the students that live on campus. I hope to teach them some basics in how to cook easy, healthy meals (on a uni student budget). I’m looking forward to the challenge- and as a former uni student myself, I have a few tips and tricks that I think will benefit the students. It gets my goat when people think cooking is too hard, time consuming or expensive. Seeing some of my own friends live largely on take away and pre-prepared meals, I want to try and help as many people as I can to understand what fresh cooking is all about.

One of my main inspirations, Jamie Oliver, is currently airing his show ’30 minute meals’ which I think is fantastic, as it shows people how quick it can be to make not just a dish, but an entire meal. If you aren’t familiar, check it out here:

After my stint with the university colleges finishes, my goal is to get involved with the education system, and what children are learning about food. I think schools are really improving what they are teaching children, with fantastic programs already existing such as Stephanie Alexanders Kitchen Garden Foundation. Check it out here:

Wanting to help educate people does not necessarily mean that I’m turning my back on being a chef as a career. I feel though at this place and time I have some fantastic exposure from the Masterchef show which I can use to try and give something back.

I’ll make sure I put some photos up once I start at the colleges, and some recipes to match. In the meantime I’ll be continuing to support fantastic charities like the cancer council, and do some demonstrations for example, the Natuzzi food and wine festival with my good mate Adam Liaw.

Callum Hann