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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.