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South Metropolitan TAFE hospitality training wins prestigious awards

South Metropolitan TAFE accepts awards for hospitality training

South Metropolitan TAFE's hospitality training area recently won a 10th consecutive Gold Plate Award at The Catering Institute of WA's 2016 Gold Plate Awards gala.

South Metropolitan TAFE's Quinlan's Training Restaurant won the award for best Restaurant within a Training Establishment category and the Bentley Pines Training Restaurant was inducted into the Gold Plate Hall of Fame.

The prestigious event has been running for 50 years, with Quinlan's also entering the Hall of Fame in 2012. South Metropolitan TAFE Executive Director Brenda Micale said the honours were even more significant as it was such a special year for the peak industry body.

"We always put ourselves on the line to achieve these important accolades, making sure we are consistently offering the highest level of training and providing contemporary and quality hospitality to our patrons,” Ms Micale said.

"The commitment and professionalism of our staff is second to none, with many of our chef lecturers having worked in Michelin star venues.

"We pride ourselves on our relationships with the top restaurants in WA and they continually train with us as we mirror their standards.”

There were many awards won by South Metropolitan TAFE hospitality in 2016, including:

  • South Metropolitan TAFE lecturer Denis Boulet and students Seunguyn (Max) Kim and Jian-Shian (Josh) Chen represented Australia to win the 2016 Global Chef's Challenge against five other countries.
  • Cookery students Brody Young Steadman and Courtney Huyerman won gold medals at the WorldSkills Australia 2016 National Competition.
  • South Metropolitan TAFE won all four categories at the 2016 Australian Culinary Federation National Apprentice Competition, thanks to students Kok Wei Lee (overall winner), Luke Bathis, Hayden Bilton and Taieun Kim.

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