Mallee Laybutt tests his skills under the eye of teacher Jason Osborne.
Mallee Laybutt tests his skills under the eye of teacher Jason Osborne.

Students serve up new skills

THE next generation of master chefs is ready to tantalise the city’s tastebuds.

TAFE students are again manning the stoves at the Osprey Restaurant at CHEC, which last year won the Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Award of Excellence for a Restaurant in a Training Institute in Regional NSW.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to come and see the students in action and for prospective students to get an idea of what our commercial cookery and hospitality courses are all about,” said the acting head teacher of commercial cookery, Ian Holdaway.

“The apprentice chefs plan, budget then implement the cooking and service of their own menus at the Osprey dinners, with the assistance of their classmates. Despite it being quite a nerve-wracking experience for them, the general feedback is that it is an enjoyable and satisfying part of the course.”

Acting head teacher of hospitality Lee Fudge said the restaurant also allowed students in front-of-house food and beverage services to learn how restaurants, bars and coffee shops operate.

“They are given experience in dealing with real customers using a variety of service methods,” Ms Fudge said.

“There is no better way for them to gain employment within the local hospitality industry.”

The Osprey Restaurant is open most Tuesday and Wednesday nights. To book, contact Helen on 6659 3288 between 1-4pm, Monday to Friday.



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