Student chefs compete at Harvest of Gippsland

Harvest of Gippsland
In March this year, seven 1st and 2nd year VET in Schools, Certificate II in Hospitality, students participated in a School Team Chef Competition at Lardner Park.

To be eligible to participate in such a competition, students needed to demonstrate that they were able to work in a team, without adult supervision, be creative and show a variety of techniques through presentation, hygiene and service.

The teams were required to design a two course meal complete with a drink to accompany the dishes. The criteria for the meal were that it contain local content and be prepared and cooked within 2 hours. The students, together with GippsTAFE Hospitality teachers Gabrielle and Jennifer, worked hard over a number of weeks, both in and out of class; learning a variety of new techniques in preparation, cooking and presentation.

On the day of the competition, 3 teams went head to head to battle out the competition, with our two GippsTAFE teams achieving first and second place. The victorious VETiS second year students prepared a menu of Lemon and Oregano Chicken, wrapped in prosciutto with spinach and walnut salad dressed in a lemon and walnut dressing.

The dessert was a non-bake tart with a cream cheese filling topped with caramalised mango and banana, and finished off with a raspberry coulis. This was complimented with a Virgin Mary, which is a non-alcoholic bloody Mary.

The students went home with a prize cheque of $500 and the runners up 1st Year VETiS group received a cheque for $100. The students have decided to use the prize money to go towards a formal dinner at Kri Kri Greek Restaurant in Melbourne on the 28th April.

The students would like to thank their sponsors Lean & Green of Warragul and Radford’s butchery for the food they supplied for the competition. They would also like to thank Jennifer and Gabrielle for the opportunity to participate in the competition and for the support given to them.

Article written by participating students Tamara Harris and Beau Larkman.
Photo caption: Hospitality student Tamara Harris prepares for the competition.