FORGET Masterchef – Griffith High’s hospitality hopefuls are breaking into the industry the old-school way.
A cohort of year 12 hospitality students from across the region took a tour of Sydney’s hotspots two weeks ago to discover opportunities available in the industry.
The students visited a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, the William Blue School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, the ANZ Stadium Catering operation, Citigate Hotel for a lecture from the general manager as well as a fine dining experience and finally the Ultimo TAFE Tourism and Hospitality Management Faculty morning tea prepared by the TAFE students.
Griffith High School hospitality teacher and former chef Patrick Lane said the experience gave students more insight into what the industry had to offer than what they could get in Griffith.
Last week, Griffith High’s year 12s wowed staff and parents at its restaurant night at which students showcased their many talents. They also held a senior citizens lunch.
“They plan the menu themselves and make everything from scratch,” Mr Lane said.
“It gives them the opportunity to use what they’ve learnt.”
The menu included Thai pumpkin and sweet potato soup, thyme crusted chicken on potato and parsnip mash, and mango bricks on a pond of berry coulis.
Students from Kalinda School come across each week to participate in Griffith High School’s state-of-the-art, industry standard kitchen.