New Spirit House Chef Joins Us

SA fans of the award winning Asian cuisine at the Spirit House in Yandina will be delighted to hear that we will be enjoying regular classes with top chef and cooking school teacher Katrina Ryan, from April 2009.

Katrina Ryan
Katrina Ryan

Katrina Ryan’s profile reads like the who’s who of celebrity chefs and film stars. She is a rare talent and is not only experienced with Thai & Vietnamese cuisine, but also Moroccan, and Mediterranean.
To our delight she has now added the Sticky Rice Cooking School to her list of regular teaching venues and will be joining us and fellow Spirit House Chef Kelly Lord for lots of inspirational classes throughout the rest of 2009.
As former Head Chef in Neil Perry’s famous Rock Pool restaurant and having owned her own successful restaurants, Katrina commenced her cooking career in 1987. She went to work for Neil Perry, first at Bondi Beach’s Blue Water Grill, and then to ‘Rockpool’ for 5 years. Three of those years were as Head Chef, overseeing burgeoning apprentices such as Kylie Kwong.
The arrival of children saw Katrina assisting her husband Mark with the running of their two restaurants, The Pig and the Olives, and several stints working as personal chef to Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.
A sea change brought the family to Noosa and 5 years ago Katrina found her dream job as a part time teacher at the Spirit House Cooking School. For many years she has written a weekly food column for the Noosa Journal and in 2005-2006 filmed a series of cooking segments at the Spirit House for the TV program ‘Escape with ET’. She continues to teach and lead food tours for the Spirit House in Yandina and to find inspiration from her friend and mentor Thai food expert David Thompson.
Katrina will be visiting every 3 weeks and we will be adding her sensational Spirit House menus into Friday evening and Saturday morning classes. The calendar already shows dates for her first few classes on  May 21/22/23 and June 26/27/28.

Katrina is highly skilled, professional and has a wonderful manner with class participants. Her teaching style is patient, encouraging and engaging and she has taught the greats such as Kylie Kwong a thing or two about Asian Cuisine.
I am more than delighted to welcome Katrina to the list of top chefs which we have teaching at the School and wait with great eagerness to enjoy more sensational Spirit House Food.
For those of you who can’t wait until April, I have good news that Kelly Lord, our other very popular Spirit House Chef, arrives back in Adelaide tomorrow ( Sunday 15th March) to kick off his next set of classes running through March, then again in May and June. Join him for his Tastes of Thailand, Thai Feast For Friends, Chefs Wok, SE Asian Curries or his Moroccan and More Moroccan Classes. Be quick to book!