HTN (Hospitality Employment Solutions) recently addressed the issue of major skill shortages in commercial cookery by holding the Inaugural 2012 South West Sydney Inter Schools Cooking Competition.
HTN, now the largest group employer of Apprentice Chefs in Australia, decided to hold this event to promote the career of a professional chef as one without limits.
Year 11 and 12 students, from South West Sydney, who are studying Hospitality as part of their HSC were invited to participate in a cook off. Leading local chefs demonstrated a signature dish that had to be reproduced within a given time frame and then judged.
Sixteen students participated including 5 MWLP work placement students from Mt. Carmel, Mt. Annan, John Therry, Campbelltown Performing Arts and St. Pats.
The worthy winner was Jessica Briggs, a Year 12 student from St. Patrick’s College. When Jessica heard about the Cook Off she thought it would be a great insight into becoming a Chef and an opportunity not to be missed. “It was just like MasterChef” she said. “It was pretty stressful and I had to cook my sauce twice as I burnt the first one. My lamb had to stay in the oven until the very last minute and I thought, if the judges eat it, I’ll be happy. To win was such a shock”, Jessica added. Her winnings included 3 cookbooks, 8 tickets to any show at the Campbelltown Catholic Club plus a $120 voucher and $100 to spend in the Fraser and Hughes cookshop.
Whilst the competitors were preparing and cooking their dishes, other students and teachers were involved in vegetable carvings, cake decorating, pancake making and Barista demonstrations.
Judging by the high level of activity and interest shown on the day HTN met their objective. John Lynch, HTN’s Senior Field Consultant, said “It was great to showcase the skills of the local students in the competition and it gave the audience and supporters a real insight into the many and varied careers in hospitality”.
Details: Sue Scobie MWLP 4625 1863.