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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 regional competition.

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 2001.