Strathpine Centre Cooking Stage

The Strathpine Centre Cooking Stage is for foodies from all walks of life. Fans will be awash in delectable aromas as culinary experts create masterpieces right before their eyes. In 2017, we welcome celebrity chefs Matt Sinclair and Huey to What’s Cooking in the Gardens?

Matt Sinclair

Matt Sinclair burst onto our screens in Masterchef Australia’s 8th series, and became a firm favourite from the outset. With his easy-going style, sense of humour and charm, he has made himself a household name. Matt grew up in the Sydney shire of Sutherland, and as he puts it, has ‘great memories of family life there’. Matt’s passion for food began at an early age in the kitchen of his great grandmother, Elsie. Matt credits Elsie, and his grandmother Elva, with inspiring his desire to pursue a culinary career – an inspiration that came full circle in 2014, when Matt catered for his grandmother’s 80th birthday.

See Matt cook from 10.00am 


Iain “Huey” Hewitson has been a chef/restaurateur for over 40 years. Since arriving in Australia from New Zealand in 1971, he has owned and operated many highly rated establishments. For over 25 years, Iain has been a fixture on national TV with “Healthy, Wealthy & Wise”, “A Cook’s Journey”, “Huey’s TV Dinner”, “Never Trust a Skinny Cook”, “Huey’s Cooking Adventures” and his “Huey’s Kitchen”, which aired for 11 seasons, where it attracted over 1.7 million viewers weekly. As well, he has written nine cookbooks – with “Huey’s Greatest Hits” winning the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Award for “Best Book by a Television Chef”. He has also had significant experience as a MC, host and guest speaker and, of course, has also conducted many cooking demos (obviously in a light hearted manner).

See Huey cook from 12.30pm

Ada Daher

Ada is the author of seven cook books including three Mediterranean cook books. She has over 30 years experience in the industry, which includes previously owning her own restaurant. Ada currently holds cooking classes for all ages at Shields St Cafe in Redcliffe. Don’t miss Ada cooking at What’s Cooking in the Gardens? where she will share her secrets for the perfect Mediterranean dish.

See Ada cook from 11.00am 

Charlie's Raw Squeeze

Chocolate truffles and chocolate mousse

At Charlies we believe a healthy lifestyle and healthy nutrition are not about strict dietary limitations, how much you weigh or rejecting foods you love. On the contrary, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, stabilizing your mood and maintaining well being. If you choose whole foods and healthy nutrition, your mind and your body are going to be operating at their peak efficiency.

Cooking from 9.15am

Strathpine Centre Cooking Stage Program

9.15am Chocolate Truffles & Chocolate Mousse presented by Charlie's Raw Squeeze
10.00amMatt Sinclair
11.00am Mediterranean Cooking presented by Ada Daher
12.00pm Super Shakes presented by Blue Infusion
12.30pmIain "Huey" Hewitson
1.45pm American BBQ presented by Two Old Ducks & Longyard Beef Company

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