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Our students help to cook up a heartwarming feast for the Kimberley Connected Program

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In a collaboration between the Western Australian Good Food Guide, and the Fremantle Dockers with the team Purple Hands Foundation, a special long table dinner took place in Broome as part of the Kimberley Connected program. The event featured an impressive six-course meal for over 180 children from across the Kimberley region.  

Two of our SIT30816 Certificate III Commercial Cookery students, Nguyen Dao and Joseph Jarrett, were invited to assist the chefs in putting together the meal, from preparation to service. Both Nguyen and Joseph are in their first semester, so they felt very honoured to be part of this event, putting their knowledge to the test. The aim of the event was to support and encourage kids to go to school, make positive choices for themselves and their peers, and not engage in antisocial behaviour.   

The menu was carefully curated with input from the young diners, resulting in a unique and diverse combination of flavours. Ingredients such as quandong, native lemongrass, and mulberries added an exciting twist to the menu, offering the children a taste of the Kimberley's vibrant culture. Our students enjoyed learning about these unusual ingredients and how they have been incorporated into the menu.   

Nguyen Dao is one of our International Students who arrived in Australia just four months ago! Nguyen shares, "My favourite thing about studying at North Regional TAFE is the teachers and their support". The guidance and support provided by our lecturers play a pivotal role in their development as budding chefs.  

Joseph Jarrett talks about his experience so far and expresses how he feels about having the opportunity to study in the state-of-the-art kitchen facilities at our Broome Campus. He said, "I'm very fortunate to be able to study in the brand-new kitchen facility. It's fantastic to have this experience with all new equipment; it's such a great time to study this course! I feel really lucky to have Rhonda as my teacher. She's patient, super knowledgeable, and lets us experiment with various dishes. Every morning, we kick off our day by making fresh bread – it's our little ritual. We've also whipped up appetisers like prawn cocktails and Thai beef salad, and it's been so much fun".  

As these students continue their journey in the world of culinary arts, events like the Kimberley Connected program provide them with practical experience, enriching their learning experience. With their undeniable dedication and our academic support, their futures look bright and promising!  

Learn more about the SIT30816 Certificate III Commercial Cookery on the Course page(opens in a new tab) .