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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Wilcannia TAFE students get their just deserts

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

SIX Wilcannia Certificate III Hospitality Aboriginal students say working with Aboriginal celebrity chef Mark ‘The Black’ Olive at TAFE Western’s Bangamalanha Conference in Dubbo was a ‘truly amazing’ experience.

Students Danielle Kinsela, Brandee Dennis, Grace Kinsela, Rebecca Shillingsworth, Kayleen Broome and Lois Kinsela joined TAFE teacher Lee Cecchin and Mr Olive in preparing appetisers, main course and dessert for more than 120 people at the conference dinner.

“The students were ecstatic to get such a wonderful opportunity,” Ms Cecchin said. “And to their credit, they embraced the challenge and really came into their own.

“Mark was really surprised at the students’ experience and enthusiasm, and was also impressed by the quality of their work and their hard-working attitude.”
Ms Cecchin said she was proud to see her students do so well under pressure in the kitchen.

“To start this journey with the students and see them build their confidence and blossom in this type of high-pressure environment was very rewarding,” she said.

“I think it was a real lightbulb moment for the students. They got to use the skills they have been developing in the classroom and also saw that hard work and study does pay off.

“I hope they now go on to bigger and better things, whether that be further study or employment in the hospitality industry.”

Bangamalanha Conference coordinator Tenesha Bell paid tribute to not only the six budding chefs from Wilcannia, but also the Dubbo Certificate III Commercial Cookery apprentices and Certificate IV Hospitality students who helped cater for the conference opening and provided table service at the conference dinner.

Chef Mark Olive with Wilcannia students and staff from the Certificate III Hospitality course at TAFE Western.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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