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star in festival
Stuart Walsh from the Hellenic Club will hold a chef masterclass as part of the Woden Festival with celebrity
chef George Calombaris.
Picture: Elesa Lee
AS his mentor for the early years of his
career, Stuart Walsh knew Masterchef
star George Calombaris was destined
Mr Walsh, now executive chef at the
Hellenic Club in Woden, oversaw
Calombaris' development when he
worked at the Sofitel in Melbourne.
The pair will be reunited at the end
of the month as they jointly host a
cooking masterclass at the Hellenic
Club as part of the Woden Alive
Mr Walsh said Calombaris was a
very talented 17-year-old, and he knew
he would make it as a chef.
''I was responsible for 25 or 26
apprentices when I worked at the
Sofitel, and George really stood out,''
he said. ''He was very capable and had
a lot of ambition and drive.
''In his second year he was already
working in fine dining, which was
usually reserved for a third or fourth-
year apprentice and he had a lot of
success in cooking competitions.
''He was a cut above most chefs and
it's no surprise that he's been so
Mr Walsh said he had kept in touch
with Calombaris and often called to
''give him grief'' about his antics on
On the whole Masterchef phenom-
enon, Mr Walsh said while he enjoyed
watching the show, he didn't believe it
had done a lot for the industry.
''I think the show gives people
unrealistic expectations of the indus-
try,'' he said.
''If the contestants stay in the
industry, they soon find out it is very
hard work, with unsociable hours, and
that 99 per cent of the time there isn't
a television camera following them
around the kitchen.''
Mr Walsh, who has previously
worked as the Dean of the Tourism and
Hotel Management Faculty at CIT and
has appeared in several forms of media
talking about dining, said it was very
rare for people to become an overnight
success as a chef, it usually took many
''To make it as a chef, you have to
have a passion for food, have the
ability to work hard and have a drive to
learn,'' he said. ''You have to be
prepared to work a lot of unpalatable
hours as you can't serve tonight's
dinner in the afternoon or the next
People attending the masterclass
dinner will be able to watch Calom-
baris in action on stage and then
sample his work with a three-course
meal. Mr Walsh will be wired-up and
asking Calombaris questions about
how he prepares the meals, and there
will be the opportunity for audience
questions as well.
Limited tickets are available for the
Dinner with George Calombaris event
on Sunday, October 30. They can be
purchased by calling the Hellenic Club
on 6281 0899.
Second attempt to double aged-care development raises criticism
PLANS to double the amount of beds
in a residential aged care residential
development in Farrer have drawn the
ire of residents at last week's Woden
Community Council meeting.
Developer Mandir Ashram's new
development application for the site on
the corner of Beasley and Drevermann
Streets sees an increase in capacity
from 60 beds to 120.
It is the second attempt to increase
the size of the development. The
developers withdrew their previous
106-bed application after it was
roundly criticised by nearby residents
for the bulkiness and harshness of its
Speaking at the community council
meeting, architect for the project David
Pfaff said although there were even
more beds in the new application,
architectural improvements had been
made to address the bulk and scale of
''The previous design was very
inefficient,'' he said.
''We've changed it now into an
H-like pattern, with a north wing and a
south wing, it actually looks like there
are two different buildings on site.
''And whereas the old application
was all three storeys high, this is two
storeys at the front and rising to three
at the back of the block.''
Mr Pfaff said compared to the
106-bed design, the overall size of the
development had been reduced from
7500sqm to 7100sqm.
The new plans were panned by those
in attendance at the meeting. Traffic
flow and parking were major issues.
Residents in Drevermann Street clai-
med the development would see an
unacceptably heavy flow of traffic
through the street and the lack of
parking on site would force visitors
and staff to the aged-care facility to
park on their street, which already has
a high level of on-street parking.
Mr Pfaff said a traffic study had
shown the levels of vehicle movement
was acceptable and the 45 parking
spaces was adequate as there was only
going to be a staff of about 25. When
asked why the number of staff was this
low, Mr Pfaff said given the type of
aged care being offered, there was no
need for a high number of nurses.
''This is not a nursing home or
palliative care facility, there is a high
number of independent living units and
the staffing level relates to the require-
ment for this type of development,'' he
The development application has
been lodged with the ACT Land and
Planning Authority but is not yet open
for public comment.
JENNY Stewart has been elected
to lead the Woden Valley
Community Council for a second
Ms Stewart, who assumed the
chair's role last year from Bill
O'Brien, was elected unopposed at
the council's AGM last week.
Ms Stewart said 2010-11 was a
busy year, with the council airing
community concerns about the
pace and style of development and
redevelopment in Woden.
She listed forming stronger links
with other councils through the
continued support of the combined
community council meetings, many
of the council's objections to multi-
unit development being adopted in
the Government's Draft Territory
Variation 306, and improved
communication with developers
and architects as the council's top
achievements for the year.
On the agenda for the coming year
for the council, according to Ms
Stewart, will be a push for a
community centre in Woden and
the long-awaited redevelopment of
the Woden bus interchange.
PREPARE WHEN GOING BUSH
POLICE have urged people to be
prepared before heading out after a
man and two children went missing
while four-wheel driving in the
Brindabella Mountains on Saturday
afternoon, October 2.
Several hours after the group was
reported missing, the missing man
was able to give police his location
after seeking the assistance from a
trail bike rider who was equipped
with a GPS. The group was located
safe and well.
Tuggeranong Police Station
Officer-In-Charge Sergeant Rod
Anderson said people should make
the proper preparations before
''Food, water as well a torch, map
and GPS are essential items to take
with you,'' he said.
Sergeant Anderson added it was
also important to notify friends and
family about your planned route
and time of your journey.
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