MasterChef’s George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan will go back to school this Tuesday – to launch a new cookbook produced entirely by parents of students at Sydney’s Shore School.
The coffee table book, Shore – A Shared Table, which commemorates the private boys’ school’s 125th anniversary, includes more than 300 recipes from the school community.
The celebrity chefs were recruited for the launch party by a parent who works for MasterChef’s production company.
On Tuesday, Mehigan and Calombaris will cook recipes from the book live on stage with two Shore boys and their parents.
Many of the recipes in the book have been handed down through generations of Shore families and are accompanied by the stories behind the food, which provide a colourful picture of the school’s history.
Former pupils reminisce about tuck shop fare, cricket premierships and cherished traditions such as the annual father-son breakfast and American Tea fund-raiser.
“The book really represents the heart and soul of the school,” said Sue Pullar, who led the production committee. “It was put together by a lovely group of people and tells a story of real community.”
The mothers who led the project said they were so busy during the 18-month production period that their own families often went hungry.
“It was ironic that, while gathering all these delicious recipes, we were often living off baked beans on toast,” Ms Pullar said.
The boys, says Ms Pullar’s colleague Marianne Colbert, were eager samplers of the dishes, which were all tested in the school’s kitchen.
“There would always be plenty of boys lurking at the door, offering to ‘help out’,” she said.
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