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Georgina's cucina

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Georgina Adamson's cooking career started over 25 years ago in Bermagui, a small fishing village on the south coast of New South Wales. She set up and ran Le Marlin Café and Le Wharf Café, both well-known venues in the area.

Her skills were extended when she cooked privately in a Tuscan-style villa for many guests as well as catering for receptions and weddings. She travelled extensively and cooked in some amazing kitchens.

Her cucina overlooks the upper waters of Wapengo Lake and her passion for good food has grown, as has her enthusiasm for the area's produce.

From her kitchen she watches oyster farmers going about their business, while she writes her newsletter to keep everyone up-to-date about what's happening.

Her relaxing dining room is in a native garden setting overlooking the lake. Thirty-five diners can be seated inside and for larger groups the garden dining area is used.

Hands-on cooking classes are conducted in a purpose-built kitchen which has loads of space and equipment. Classes can be arranged for small groups of four to eight, and you may choose from A Taste of Tuscany, Blokes in the Kitchen, Moorish and Moroccan, Dinner with Class or Simply Seafood.

Classes include recipe sheets, lots of 'hands-on', plenty to eat and lots of laughs. You will visit the oyster growers, an olive grower and other producers to purchase ingredients for your lesson.

Guest chef programs are popular and it may be Baking with Nelleke. She will help you overcome fears of working with yeast and pastry. You learn how to make yeast bread rolls and choux pastry for creating savoury or sweet dishes.

Anh-Thu Stuart is accomplished in the art of Vietnamese cookery. She learnt in the traditional way — in her mother's kitchen — and blends Australian, Vietnamese and French influences.

Georgina's cooking philosophy is: "Anyone can cook and it can be fun. Learn the basics and build on that. A recipe is only what someone wrote down once."

The Scenic Route along the coast is quite beautiful. It passes through spotted gum forests in Mimosa Rocks National Park, then rolling green hills with a backdrop of densely wooded mountains to the north-west, peaked by Mumbulla Mountain, sacred to the Yuin people.

A number of original timber bridges remain along the route, crossing some of the many rivers, creeks and estuaries, including the Bega and Murrah Rivers, Wapengo and Cuttagee Lakes, and Nelson, Middle and Baragoot lagoons. Some of the most unspoilt bays and beaches in the National Parks system can be easily accessed and they offer idyllic picnic and camping spots.

The area has attracted many creative people over the past 20 years and there are now artists, poets, writers, filmmakers, photographers and musicians living between Tathra and Bermagui — an area of great creative energy. Since the Tathra-Bermagui Road was fully sealed, some unique, quality art and fine food venues have opened, adding further inspiration to this beautiful coastal drive and making it a very special experience.


New South Wales' Sapphire Coast.


Cooking classes are held year round and start at around $80 per person. Georgina is currently on her annual Tuscany Tour and classes will resume at the beginning of July. She will hold private dinners and functions on request.

Best Western has a range of hotels in the region starting at $99 a night.

More information

Georgina's Cucina
2109 Bermagui Tathra Road
Wapengo NSW 2550
Ph: (02) 6494 0194

Best Western Bega Downs
Princes Highway and High Street
Bega 2550

Best Western Fairway
180 Arthur Kaine Drive
Merimbula 2548

Best Western Sea Spray
38 Merimbula Drive
Merimbula 2548

Best Western Coachman's Rest
82 Pacific Highway
Eden 2551

Best Western Sunseeker
26 Old Princes Highway
Batemans Bay 2536

Best Western
Ph: 131 779

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