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The Cunning Culinarian

A visit to Maitland's High St just got a little sweeter

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Growing up around food Alina Mackee, or The Cunning Culinarian, just loves to cook and when you visit her gorgeous café on Maitland’s High St you’ll totally understand what we mean.
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Finding this beautiful old building in May this year, in just seven weeks Alina managed to strip back, paint and refurb the entire space injecting some much needed classic country luxe.

The Cunning Culinarian
The Cunning Culinarian

“I wasn’t willing to compromise on any of the interiors, there were a couple of things I splashed out on like the tiles in the foyer and the black chandelier, and they really set the tone, but I wanted to work with the building not fight it which is why I’ve gone for a more elegant look.”

The Cunning Culinarian

Alina has been cooking and catering in the Maitland area for most of her life, with her food gaining a cult following. So when this 245 High St address became available it made perfect sense to bring it all under the one roof.

 

The Cunning Culinarian

Ask Alina about her style of cooking and you get a very modest answer, we’ll let the pictures do the talking,

“I’d say it’s quite home baked, it does have a modern edge, I am a foodie and I like using different techniques and ingredients but it has quite a homemade feel to it".

The Cunning Culinarian

“I am not that fancy, kind of pretty French patisserie, my dad’s a chef so I grew up working for him and learning from him. But mostly I was influenced by my grandmother who used to let me cook in her kitchen, she would just be like ‘go nuts I’ll do the dishes I am just happy for you to be cooking for me.

“She made sure I knew all the basics like she taught me how to make a Roux and Béchamel Sauce from scratch and taught me how to make a gravy from the pan juices.

 

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“And that’s why I love doing the cooking classes teaching the kids all the fundamentals that they can then use for anything. Like making a basic tomato sauce and pastry which I will be doing here in the kitchen. They get their own chef hat and apron and they also get to take home dinner for the family."

The Cunning Culinarian
The Cunning Culinarian
The Cunning Culinarian

 

The Cunning Culinarian

The coffee, as you would expect, is high on Alina’s list of priorities and working with the Little Marionette was a no brainer,

“I probably first tried Little Marionette about five years ago in Newcastle and just fell in love with it, so the coffee side of things was an easy decision They’ve been so good to work with, so fun and so supportive".
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In addition to the indoor seating Alina has also built a very convenient coffee window up front that opens from 6:30am, and out back there’s a beautiful courtyard area, complete with trellises and perfectly pruned greenery.

Best yet, there’s even a kitchen garden just behind the building which Alina plans to fill with all sorts of garden goodies.

 

 

The Cunning Culinarian
The Cunning Culinarian
The Cunning Culinarian

 

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Location:
245 High St
Maitland 2320
Contact:
0477 773 150
thecunningculinarian@gmail.com
Website:
thecunningculinarian.com
Hours:
Coffee window open from 6:30am
Mon 7am-5pm
Tue 7am-5pm
Wed 7am-5pm
Thu 7am-5pm
Fri 7am-5pm
Sat Closed
Sun Brunch 9am-1pm
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