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Lessons just the right mix

JESS ETHERIDGE
Last updated 08:15 25/09/2012
Brett McGregor
COOL COOKS: MasterChef Brett McGregor with Albany Primary School student Kate Figgess cooked a Vietnamese salad and a pavlova together at the Let’s Cook launch.

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Albany Primary School's Kate Figgess enjoys lemonade scones and Kiwi classics like pavlova.

She can bake them too.

The keen kitchen whiz says making a pavlova is "quite easy" despite the meringue base. Kate learned to make lemonade scones two years ago and her cooking teacher Jody Edgar has fostered her love of food ever since.

It is a bonus for her schoolmates as she often brings food she has made to share around. This is why Kate was chosen out of all her classmates to meet and cook with MasterChef Brett McGregor.

Mr McGregor won the first season of the reality television cooking competition and invited Kate and several other students from across Auckland to the launch of a free cooking programme for schools.

Let's Cook - the three-week course - will be rolled out to almost 200 schools. It encourages food education by providing schools with recipes to complete.

To celebrate Kate helped the celebrity chef make a Vietnamese salad with fish balls and a pavlova.

It was "really cool meeting Brett", she says, and she came away with a signed cookbook and a "messy" apron.

Cooking and preparing food is fun but "it is really important so we should never stop", Kate says.

Visit letscookwithparmco.co.nz for information about Let's Cook.

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