Recently Campbelltown TAFE hosted an Interschool Culinary Challenge. Year 11 and 12 students from local high schools competed in a Masterchef type cooking competition.
Twelve students had to recreate Pan Fried Lamb Rump with Ratatouille, Black Olive Tapenade and Basil Oil as demonstrated by local Leading Head Chef Luke Risby.
All 12 students presented excellent dishes and judging was extremely close.
Georgia Pinter from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational Education won 1st Prize, closely followed by Jordan Dau from Campbelltown Performing Arts High School and Laura Killen from Elderslie High.
Jordan’s teacher, Rebecca Duryea, said “Jordan is very passionate about cooking and jumped at the opportunity when I asked him if he’d like to compete.”
Jordan’s passion was also very evident when he undertook his Work Placements at Campbelltown Catholic Club and Macarthur Tavern – organised by local Workplace Provider – MWLP Linking Youth.
The purpose of the day is to highlight careers in Commercial Cookery, hopefully address the current skills shortage and showcase the culinary skills of students studying Hospitality as part of their Higher School Certificate.
Jordan and Laura really enjoyed the day. They commented “The day was very interesting. HTN really know how to put on an event. We made friends and got some very valuable experience that we wouldn’t have been able to get in the classroom. It was a fantastic experience. Luke Risby also told us when we are ready to start an Apprenticeship to give him a call – so we’re pretty excited about that.”
The competition is the brainchild of HTN, now the largest group employer of Apprentice Chefs in Australia.
Details: Sue Scobie, MWLP Linking Youth, Ph 46 25 1863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org