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Students to learn from best chefs

Wednesday, 9th November, 2016

The seven TAFE Western Certificate II Hospitality students with their teachers and celebrity chef Mark Olive. The seven TAFE Western Certificate II Hospitality students with their teachers and celebrity chef Mark Olive.

By Kara de Groot

Seven Aboriginal TAFE students from Wilcannia will be travelling across the country later this month to join celebrity chef Mark Olive at the West Australian food festival Kambarang.

The students will join world-class chefs at the weeklong festival which explores Aboriginal bush foods and flavours, reimagined using modern cooking techniques.

TAFE Western Tourism and Hospitality teacher Lee Cecchin said the experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“This is a life-changing opportunity for these seven ladies to get to attend Kambarang,” Ms Cecchin said.

“It will give the students the chance to adopt traditional and modern cooking techniques, provide them with real life experience in restaurant situations, teach them to think on their feet, and develop their problem solving skills,” she said.

The group of women, called the Barka Nhuungku’s (I River Women), will be attending the festival in WA from November 15 to 20, and as well as working at the event will participate in activities that coincide with the TAFE studies.

Activities will include journal entries, learning more about workplace health and safety as well as food safety, participating in cooking master classes and attending an indigenous cultural walk.

TAFE Western Acting Institute Director Adam Bennett said the students have access to a rare opportunity.

“Not only is the Barka Nhuungku group unique, they’re skilful, hard working and inspiring,” Mr Bennett said.

“Hard work has earned these students this exciting opportunity to work with some of the best chefs in the world and I’m expecting them to do their local small community of Wilcannia very proud,” he said.

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