They may not have taken out the grand prize, but Chloe James and Kelly Ramsay are fulfilling a lifelong dream: to create amazing food.
After being awarded the second place spot in last season’s My Kitchen Rules, the duo have already opened a cooking school in Perth, are run off their feet with private dining bookings, and are ready to open their second school here in Brisbane – with the tongue-in-cheek title – Cook Like A Bitch.
Breaking the tradition of opening a restaurant, Chloe and Kelly’s classes introduce guests to their signature style of sustainable, healthy dishes, which will utilise an edible rooftop garden at the recently refurbished Hotel Jen Brisbane – where the classes will be hosted.
“We cook a lot of offal, and we use a lot of cuts not everyone would think to use,” Chloe says. “I think Hotel Jen is an awesome representation of that, with the rooftop garden. There is seasonal produce – herbs, vegetables and there’s even a beehive.”
After earning themselves a ‘villainous’ reputation, Chloe says the classes are also an opportunity to see what is really behind their TV personas.
“I think there’s more to being a bitch then just being horrible people,” says Chloe. “We’re very sarcastic, and smartasses, but we’re usually just smartasses to each other. It’s just how our friendship is.”
“We’ve travelled a lot, which was highlighted on the show, but it didn’t highlight the fact that I’m a mum. I cook a lot of my food for my son who has a lot of allergies, and that’s where the healthy, clean food comes into our style of cooking.”
Chloe says guests will learn a lot from the classes, but she and Kelly mainly want people to just have fun.
“We’ll be showcasing beautiful food but we’re also really good at dishing out gossip from the show,” says Chloe. “We’ve got a much smaller cooking school in Perth as well, and we do a lot of on-stage presentations. People come and eat the food, but they also want to know the inside information (from My Kitchen Rules).”
“We love to entertain so we will all sit down and eat at the end of the night. It’s more like a night out rather than a cooking class - great for date nights, couples and groups of friends. There’ll be plenty of Champagne too, so hopefully you can remember what you learn!”
Tickets are available online for $199 per person and include Champagne on arrival, a meet and greet, a 1.5 hour cooking class followed by a three course dinner.
Hotel Jen Brisbane | Jan 30, Jan 31 & 1 Feb
159 Roma St, City
P 3238 2222