Cookery students serve up medal tally
TAFE New England commercial cookery students
rose to the challenges set by the Australian Culinary Federation at the NSW
Food Service Industry Association expo held in Tamworth last week. The students
competed in a variety of live competitions, against their fellow students, for
their chance to take away a prized medal.
The expo, which was held at Tamworth
Regional Entertainment Centre, provided an opportunity for people within the
service industry, to try new tastes, discover innovative food service ideas and
an opportunity to speak with industry experts.
The Australian Culinary Federation is
the peak industry organisation representing professional chefs, cooks and
apprentices. Their representatives judged 19 students who competed in the
Federation’s live and static cooking competitions at the expo. The competitions
included chicken cutting and preparation, filleting of trout and vegetable
precision cutting and novelty cakes under the direction of TAFE New England
cookery teacher, Cameron Falzon.
“Trade shows like this provide an
excellent opportunity for students to network with industry colleagues and to
observe new ideas and techniques” said Mr Falzon.
“The Australian Culinary Federation
competitions are important for young chefs to try out their skills and to
ensure that they are constantly being challenged.” Mr Falzon added.
By the end of the day, the students
were awarded 13 gold, 19 silver and 17 bronze medals, which were presented by
the Australian Culinary Federation representatives at a function at Futures
Training Restaurant at the TAFE New England Tamworth campus.