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Margaret River, MasterChef style

17:30 AEST Sat Mar 9 2013

Western Australia's Margaret River is known for excellent wine and food. Its Mediterranean climate has long, sunny days in summer, crisp spring weather and snug winter days perfect for drinking red wine by the fire.

Natalie thinks she just may have found the place to enjoy it all — Cape Lodge in Yallingup. Close to the beach and vineyards, the five star country estate has just 22 rooms and suites and a five bedroom private residence. It was also listed as one of the top 100 hotels in the world in 2012 by Conde Nast Traveller!

Surrounded by forest, lake and parkland, Cape Lodge has a tennis court and free form pool.

Apart from being a wonderful place to stay you can join one of their cooking classes to launch or improve your culinary skills. Programs such as MasterChef have captured the imaginations of young and old and there’s been a surge in interest. Students learn secrets and tips and how to prepare and present restaurant quality dishes in their own homes.

Head Chef Tony Howell has been at Cape Lodge since 1999, and changes his menus every single day. Natalie's class made ravioli with sage and burnt butter sauce and a filling of local fish, prawns and scallops, cream and egg whites. Chef Tony is an enthusiastic master, and sharing his recipes is his way of showing students preparing great food can be simple and fun.

If you just want to relax and enjoy Cape Lodge's award-winning food, Margaret River Restaurant is the way to go. It sits over the main lake and features wide, over-water decking, guest lounge and private dining room.

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