Students cook up a career

Years 11 and 12 Hospitality students Reuben Kaio (16), Kijata Pedrocchi (15) and Benita McGinty (17) with apprentice chef at Crown Casino Joseph Morgan. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d402498
Years 11 and 12 Hospitality students Reuben Kaio (16), Kijata Pedrocchi (15) and Benita McGinty (17) with apprentice chef at Crown Casino Joseph Morgan. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d402498

Sevenoaks was one of 12 Perth schools who offer the VET Hospitality Course given the opportunity to get involved in the community-based event.

The program is sponsored by the Crown Casino, Food Bank and the Home Economics Institute of Australia and aims to provide nutritious meals that will assist people in need.

Hospitality teacher Kate DeKlerk said the students had been preparing 100 meals a day, which were then collected by Food Bank and distributed.

‘This program is excellent for our students because it shows them what a career in hospitality would be like but also they have the opportunity to help out the community.

‘The students come in every day with their white jackets on and have such pride in themselves, that they are involved in this program.’

The students have produced a range of different meals including Mexican, salmon, chicken, curry and soups.

Students from the 12 schools, along with teachers, industry chefs and Crown Perth apprentices, will work together on July 3 to produce 5000 meals for those less fortunate in the Perth Metropolitan area.

Food preparation will take place in the week prior and the meals will be put together and packaged over the day.