It all pans out for top masterchef

PUBLISHED: 11:43 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 15:01 12 May 2010

David Chambers: Still indulging his passion for cooking - 2208DW1

David Chambers: Still indulging his passion for cooking - 2208DW1

A TALENTED Michelin star chef hopes to pass on his culinary skills and knowledge through cookery masterclass. Masterchef David Chambers of Great Chishill has run top kitchens across London and has been responsible for up to 70 chefs. But he put 16 hour wo

A TALENTED Michelin star chef hopes to pass on his culinary skills and knowledge through cookery masterclass.

Masterchef David Chambers of Great Chishill has run top kitchens across London and has been responsible for up to 70 chefs.

But he put 16 hour working days behind him in favour of instilling in people a passion for cooking.

David, 53, whose career has spanned more than 35 years, with spells in New York and Paris, said: "I want to pass on some of my skills to others, while still indulging in my passion for cooking.

"A lot more people are interested in cooking for themselves nowadays, and with all the books and cookery programmes around, there's much more interest in learning how to do it."

In an age where people lead hectic lifestyles, they are more inclined to eat take-aways or microwave meals, but David hopes people will work more with fresh produce.

"There is a place for a microwave in the home, but only if it's used for warming things up," he said.

David who began his career in 1969 as an apprentice chef at the Piccadilly Hotel, also hopes people will sit down as a family more often and enjoy food together.

"The reason cookery became a hobby and a career is because of the social interaction," he said.

As a respected chef working in London, David attended many social events and even had dinner with Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, accompanied by celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes, and Gordon Ramsey.

He said: "I love sitting down with friends and family over a nice meal and glass of wine."

During the masterclass David offers advice and tips.

They last about five hours and are a combination of demonstration with some hands-on preparation and cooking.

David said: "By the end of the class people will have created some mouth-watering dishes to be proud of and will have learned invaluable skills that will heighten their enjoyment of the art of cookery."

The masterclass cost £120 each, including a champagne lunch.

People are given detailed recipes to take home and six months' free Cookery Club membership which will give them ongoing support and advice.

David also runs gourmet weekends at a chateau in Pau, France. The three-day weekends cost £750 per person excluding flights.

"They are great fun," David said. "You get to cook and eat, cook and eat and have the opportunity to visit an exclusive vineyard."

For more information visit the website:

www.chefchambers.co.uk

- To meet David and sample some of his dishes, visit him at the Heath Sports Club on March 29 where he will be preparing and cooking food.

The spring social event which is being organised by the Chamber of Commerce is proving popular.

Book a place by calling Christine Brown on 07799 626354. Tickets are priced at £15 each. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.


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