Upper Hunter unveils its own 'master chef', 10-year-old Caitlin Atkinson

THE Upper Hunter unveiled its own “master chef” at Muswellbrook’s Hunter Park Family Centre on Friday – and she’s still at school.

Ten-year-old Caitlin Atkinson hosted a special class for the other kids, hoping to share her love of cooking with the other children.

For good measure, she dished up a watermelon pizza as well as a homemade pizza, which went down a treat.

“I love cooking; I do a lot of it at home,” the well-spoken lass admitted.

“It’s great to eat the food I prepare and give it to other people.

“The first thing I made with mum [Mel] was chocolate cupcakes when I was one – and I fell in love with making cakes.

“Now, I have my own cooking website and my own cupcake stand at the local markets.”

After preparing the menu, Caitlin’s lesson featured step-by-step demonstrations, which the children followed.

“The kids loved it – the [class] was very hands-on,” she said.

“We measured our own ingredients.

“They even mixed the dough [together] with their hands until it was a ball.

“Plus, it was a good chance for everyone to try different foods.

“No-one had tasted yoghurt on watermelon before.

“I really enjoyed the experience [today] – and would love to do it again at [Hunter Park Family Centre].”

I have my own cooking website and my own cupcake stand at the local markets.

Caitlin Atkinson

The Scone Grammar School Year 5 student is keen to follow in the footsteps of inaugural MasterChef winner Julie Goodwin, who claimed the title in 2009.

“I went to Julie’s cooking class on the Central Coast [last year],” Caitlin said.

“And, I’m going to another one next week.

“I definitely want to be a chef or a cooking teacher when I grow up.

“I’m making my own recipes these days.”

Caitlin’s watermelon pizza

What you will need: watermelon – you can cut up individual watermelon pieces or do a whole watermelon pizza, depending on how many people you are sharing it with; your favourite yoghurt; a drizzle of honey or maple syrup; fruit – strawberries, kiwi fruit, banana (you can add any fruit you like, it’s your watermelon pizza)

Step 1 –

* Ask an adult to help you prepare your watermelon into slices

* Ask an adult to help you cut up your fruit ready for your pizza

Step 2 –

* Using a spoon or a spatula, spread an even layer of your favourite yoghurt onto your watermelon pieces

* Remember to leave some white space around the outside so it looks like you have a pizza crust

Step 3 –

* Layer your fresh fruit on top as you please. You can add as little or as many toppings as you like

Step 4 –

* Drizzle with honey or maple syrup for a little extra sweetness if you like

Tip: Add some shredded coconut for something special