IT was another year, another Gold Plate for the hospitality training area from South Metropolitan Tafe.
For the tenth year in a row, The Catering Institute of WA bestowed the Gold Plate Award for best Restaurant within a Training Establishment on Quinlan’s Training Restaurant, while the Bentley Pines Restaurant was inducted into the Gold Plate Hall of Fame.
The win rounded out a hugely successful year for SM TAFE, after cookery students Brody Young Steadman and Courtney Huyerman won gold medals at WorldSkills Australia.
Further, students Seunguyn (Max) Kim and Jian-Shian (Josh) Chen, alongside lecturer Denis Boulet, represented Australia to win the 2016 Global Chef’s Challenge against five other countries.
As well as completing a clean sweep at the 2016 Australian Culinary Federation National Apprentice Competition in New South Wales, with students Kok Wei Lee winning overall and students Luke Bathis, Hayden Bilton and Taieun Kim winning their respective categories.
SM TAFE executive director Brenda Micale said the honours were significant in a special year for the peak industry body.
“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.”