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Working with celebrity chefs

South Regional TAFE commercial cookery and hospitality students recently volunteered their skills at the internationally celebrated Gourmet Escape event in Margaret River, working alongside celebrity chefs.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape is one of the most celebrated food and wine festivals in Australia with chefs and cooks from around the world converging on the region to create spectacular dining events promoting gourmet food and wine.

This year TAFE students from Bunbury and Margaret River helped out with all sorts of attractions during the event including the Gourmet Village at the renowned Leeuwin Estate winery.

The event also included a cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Curtis Stone which was held during the Gather and Feast on the South Regional TAFE Margaret River Education Campus.

The lunch was prepared and cooked by the students, using local produce, with support from their lecturers Amanda Smith and Kelly Dickinson.
Presented by Foodbank WA and hosted by local media personality Anna Gare, the lunch was very well attended.

The Lurpak Cookery School gave participants a chance to learn cooking skills from gourmet chefs. TAFE students also helped out with preparing food for these classes over the two days.

The Gourmet Village is the place to see celebrity chefs up close, cooking gourmet food using local produce. This year’s line-up included Rick Stein, Matt Stone, Luke Nguyen, Michael Hunter and Paul Carmichael.

South Regional TAFE lecturers Amanda Smith, Alison O’Neil and Johnese Mullen also support the cooking demonstrations at the Gourmet Village along with the hospitality and cookery students.

Ms O’Neil said the event provided excellent experience and exposure for the students.

 “The event shows the students that there is a huge interest in the production of wine and food,” Ms O’Neil said.

“These days, people want to know the stories behind the food and wine and this is clearly demonstrated during this event.

“As a result the students can develop a better understanding of the wide range of options and work opportunities they may want to pursue after they finish their training.

“The students also have the opportunity to work with a variety of gourmet ingredients that they might not normally get to use while working alongside famous chefs.”

For information on South Regional TAFE commercial cooking and hospitality courses, visit southregionaltafe.wa.edu.au/courses/industries/hospitality-tourism-and-events


Pictured is South Regional TAFE hospitality student Mitchell Adams on stage serving food during the Table of Eight at Leeuwin Estate. In the background celebrity chefs Matt Stone and Michael Hunter cooking on stage with MC Matt Okine.

Photo courtesy of Fran Jackson



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