A NEW venture is simmering away to help Border cafe and restaurant owners amid the coronavirus crisis.
Project Hotplate presents online cooking classes with homegrown chefs for their patrons.
Albury business Rooftop Media launched Project Hotplate this month.
Rooftop Media director Hannah Nicholls said the project had been in the pipeline since late March, when the COVID-19 pandemic had closed cafes and restaurants.
"The project was born out of a desire to do something for our local hospitality industry after the COVID-19 restrictions were brought in," she said.
"It's a way for our local food industry to stay connected with their customers - and for the community to continue to support their favourite cafes and restaurants, so it's win-win."
Launched on May 13, Project Hotplate featured cooking classes from Cafe Musette and Jones Winery and Vineyard Restaurant with others joining the fold since.
Well-known chefs recreate their favourite dishes in their own kitchens.
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Ms Nicholls said there were no costs for eateries, with proceeds split between them and Rooftop.
"It doesn't cost the cafes or restaurants, only a couple of hours of their time to make the video," Ms Nicholls said.
"Some of the dishes are reminiscent of grandma's comfort food, and others get really technical for those looking for a challenge."
Ms Nicholls welcomed the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for the industry.
"We're pushing for this to be an ongoing project to support the recovery."
Classes cost $19 at projecthotplate.com.au.
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