Cookery skills put to test at TAFE New England
TAFE New England cookery students have
embraced the opportunity to challenge the skills and knowledge they have
acquired whilst completing their course, to compete in the 2015 WorldSkills
The cookery students will head into
the commercial kitchens at the Armidale campus today and at the Tamworth campus
on 25 August to cook three courses to present to WorldSkills judges.
WorldSkills Australia’s national
program of regional competitions is held biennially across 31 regions in
Australia, including New England. Apprentices, trainees and students under the
age of 23 can participate in the competition. Regional medallists may go on to
compete at the National Competition for the chance to win the coveted title of
Australia’s best in their field.
The students will be judged on three
dishes throughout the course of the day. A vegetarian entrée, poultry main
course and dessert duo of the students’ choice will be served for judging. The
students can use their discretion to style and present the dishes.
This competition includes a series of
skill-specific tests designed by industry experts that focus on unearthing
talent in young Australians undertaking a trade or skill based career.
TAFE New England cookery teacher and
World Skills judge, Cameron Falzon, has encouraged his students to participate
in the competition. “WorldSkills provides students with a platform to test
their skills, overcome nerves and to use their creativity”, Mr Falzon said.
“I have been a WorldSkills judge at a
national level for many years, which provides an opportunity for me to pass on
my insight into the competition to our students” Mr Falzon added.
As a student, Mr Falzon competed at an
international level when he represented Australia at WorldSkills South Korea in