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TAFE international students selected to volunteer at Margaret River Gourmet Escape

International TAFE students volunteering at the Margaret River food festival

South Regional TAFE international students put their commercial cookery and hospitality skills to good use at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape recently.

The Gourmet Escape is one of the most celebrated food and wine festivals in Australia. Chefs and cooks from around the world converged on the region to create spectacular dining events promoting gourmet food and wine.

The students helped out with many attractions during the major event including the Gourmet Village at the renowned Leeuwin Estate winery. South Regional TAFE lecturers Amanda Smith and Johnese Mullen oversaw the volunteer students as they prepared food for demonstrations, cleaned up and helped out wherever they could.

"The students did an amazing job in helping to prepare and serve food at this spectacular event which attracts thousands of people to the South West," Ms Smith said.

"We looked after 30 celebrity chefs over the weekend with three front-of-house students working with the Tables of Eight on the Chef’s Theatre stage during demonstrations.”

The Margaret River campus commercial cookery students spent time on Friday preparing for the demonstration dishes used on stage by chef talent and helped set up the back stage kitchen.

Students often find their experience further ignites their passion for cookery and hospitality. "It is an amazing event for our students to be involved in," Ms Smith said. "It really teaches the students about the importance of thinking on one’s feet and working quickly.

"The students got to work alongside chefs who many people dream about meeting or seeing in action."

Taiwanese student Ying-Hwa "Cassie" Wu is studying Commercial Cookery at South Regional TAFE’S Margaret River campus. She has lived and worked in Margaret River for three years but was involved in this event for the first time and learnt more about working in the Commercial Cookery industry.

"The Margaret River region has so many amazing wineries and chefs from all over the world working here but it was great to see them all working together for this event," Ms Wu said.

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