Masterclass with a Master Chef gives a Taste of Summer

City of Glasgow College senior chef lecturer Gary Maclean’s first public Summer Masterclass has proved to be a big hit with food lovers.  

Before an audience of 80 in the College’s main Lecture Theatre on Thursday 27 July, Gary showed off the finely honed skills and expertise which have made him the current BBC MasterChef: The Professionals champion and a firm favourite with his students. He said:

“Hosting this event was great fun and a great honour, and it was exciting to use the fantastic demonstration kitchen in our lecture theatre. The dishes I chose to cook are ones which people can easily do at home, with ingredients that are readily available.

“We encouraged the audience to take part and I’m really pleased that people got involved and enjoyed themselves. The event gave everyone an insight into how a professional chef works under pressure, and hopefully they picked up a few useful tips.

“After tonight’s success, and judging by the numbers who attended and their enthusiasm, I would hope to host similar events in the future.”

Norma Walker’s daughter is a student of Gary’s at the college so she jumped at the chance of watching him cook and meeting him. She said:

“It was a very informative evening and I loved hearing Gary’s stories and learning from him. I’d recommend the event to anyone, even people who aren’t into cooking. It was great to see a MasterChef winner cooking live instead of on the TV. He is very passionate about the college, especially his students; three helped him at the event. My daughter’s confidence has grown since being at the college and she’s been given incredible opportunities.”

Frank and Lynne McKenzie are both keen cooks, Frank said:

“I did an evening class where Gary was the lecturer and really enjoyed it. We also watched him on MasterChef so were very excited about attending this Masterclass which I’d recommend as it showed you can make lovely, healthy homemade meals in a short time from scratch. We liked that he demonstrated techniques. Anyone can follow a recipe; it’s mastering the technique that counts.”

Guests watched as Gary prepared and cooked a range of dishes from fresh homemade pasta to Chicken Pasanda to Apple Tart Tatin, explaining each process as he worked. Afterwards they got the chance to try the recipes themselves as well the opportunity to chat with the college’s Master Chef and have photographs taken.  

The ticket-only event was held in the college’s stunning City campus which recently secured a place in the final shortlist for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize.

The ticket price for the evening also included a glass of sparkling Prosecco along with canapés that were prepared to Gary’s award-winning recipe which previously took gold at the Royal Canapé Competition held in Buckingham Palace. A set of recipe cards for the dishes which Gary prepared were also included as part of the event package.

To try one of Gary's recipes for yourself, please click here.

For other opportunities to see Gary in action please click here.