Adventure playground co-ordinator Kellie Chart and her sous chef Stuart Steen, kicked off the Amateur Chef at Home challenge on Saturday night with their pop-up restaurant Aditi, which is Hindi for new beginnings.
Adventure playground co-ordinator Kellie Chart and her sous chef Stuart Steen, kicked off the Amateur Chef at Home challenge on Saturday night with their pop-up restaurant Aditi, which is Hindi for new beginnings.

Instant restaurants pop up to support playground project

A NEW Amateur Chef at Home competition is about to hit kitchens around the Whitsundays.

The competition, which will raise funds for the Logan's Adventure Playground project was launched on Saturday, by playground project co-ordinator Kellie Chart.

Together with her sous chef Stuart Steen, Ms Chart hosted an Indian dinner at her pop-up restaurant titled "Aditi", which in Hindi means new beginnings.

A total of 15 people enjoyed the three-course Indian feast at a home in Jubilee Pocket. All guests were asked to contribute an amount of money, equivalent to what they felt the meal was worth. The end result was that $355 was raised for the playground project.

Ms Chart, who ran last year's one-pot-wonder and team cooking challenges, said she had always loved the idea of pop-up or instant restaurants that have become so popular in cities like Sydney and Melbourne thanks to television shows such as My Kitchen Rules.

Any budding amateur chefs are able to register their at-home event and help raise as much money as possible from the night for the Logan's Adventure Playground project. All total figures will be kept secret until the competition closes on April 29. The hosts who raise the most money will win two tickets to Peppers Degustation Dinner and a "foodies" hamper from Coles. Ms Chart said the community response to the initiative had been "amazing".

"So far I have heard of a Mad Tatters tea party, a Mexican night, a kids party and lots of curry," she said.

For information or to register email logansadventureplayground@westnet.com.au.


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