Getaway to Sticky Rice Cooking School

The ‘Buzz’ of the Sticky Rice Cooking School reached the ears of Getaway presenter and Adelaide Hills lover Catriona Rowntree and yesterday her and her Film crew joined owner Claire Fuller at Kelly Lord’s Tastes of Thailand class.

Catriona Rowntree, Kelly Lord and Claire Fuller
Catriona Rowntree, Kelly Lord and Claire Fuller

Arriving in true professional manner with a Sticky Rice ‘Red’ dress on Catriona soon acquainted herself with the friendly group of eager customers who were there on the day.  She was soon adorned in her smart black Sticky Rice apron and chopping boards and knives at the ready it was lights, camera, action!

Catriona’s fun and warm hearted nature and genuine love of people was a magical blend for the day and before long everyone was comfortably chatting and joking about their attempts at knife skills versus Kelly’s.

Time for some sound affects and the Mortar and Pestles were brought into action , ‘The Bigger the Better’ being a tip that amused Catriona!

Hands on for Catriona and the Customers
Hands on for Catriona and the Customers

The Red Curry Paste done it was time for some fiddley Prawn Spring Roll Wonton wrapping, which was made even more challenging by the stop and start camera shots that the producer wanted.  Pick up the prawn now, put the prawn back down, unwrap, re-wrap…”okay its a Wrap!”

Drinks and chat time for everyone at last but don’t eat the Spring Rolls yet!! Close up shots and arty presentation made for a drawn out torture for those who just wanted to taste some of those mouth watering morsels served with a sticky sweet chilli dipping sauce.

Claire tries to explain that the customers are hungry!
Claire tries to explain that the customers are hungry!

On camera Catriona was keen to ask Claire about how the Sticky Rice Cooking School was born from her dream to bring all the elements of great cooking class experiences together with top chefs, real people, inspiring decor and first class teaching and facilities. The result is a place that is alive with a buzz so strong  that customers are coming back time and time again.

The recipe for success it seems is the warmth and humour of a host who welcomes top chefs, real people and eager food lovers into a place that is layered with interesting and cultural stimulus. Simmer with wine for 4 hours in a beautiful 1940’s building and serve top class cuisine in a dining room full of inspiring decorating ideas, overlooking a 3 tonne Buddha! No wonder people are asking for seconds!

The Getaway Team were unobtrusive, professional and effective on the day and Catriona’s and the Producer’s efforts to research and portray the real essence and product offered by the school only served to underpin the shows integrity and success.

Catriona Rowntree and Kelly Lord
Catriona Rowntree and Kelly Lord

A sit down meal of Red Curry of Chicken with Kaffir Lime Leaf and Basil, Thai Beef Salad and Tiny Pearls of Tapioca in Velvety Palm Sugar and Pandan Syrup rounded off the day with a flourish.

Customers enjoy the social dining experience
Customers wait for the top class cuisine to be photographed before being served

A most enjoyable class and fun day for all!

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