Joondalup: cookery, English on menu for Japanese students


Cookery lecturers Gwyn Ellis, Jason Smith, Brad Burton and Claire Rowley and director Patrick O’Brien with Japanese study tour students outside the Tafe’s Pavilion Restaurant
Joondalup: cookery, English on menu for Japanese students
Cookery lecturers Gwyn Ellis, Jason Smith, Brad Burton and Claire Rowley and director Patrick O’Brien with Japanese study tour students outside the Tafe’s Pavilion Restaurant

JAPANESE culinary students experienced a taste of Joondalup during a recent study tour.

The 15 students from Japan’s Kagawa College of Culinary and Confectionery Arts undertook a four-week program at North Metropolitan Tafe in Joondalup with cookery and English classes.

Hospitality director Patrick O’Brien said it was designed to teach the students different skills and techniques to those used in Japan.

“The students cooked with an abundance of different local foods such as kangaroo, truffles and marron and viewed demonstrations by industry experts in butchery of a lamb and breaking down and portioning various fish species,” he said.

They stayed with families across the northern suburbs and participated in work experience at several Burswood restaurants, which student Rina Mikami said was a highlight.

“It was a challenge to understand the different accents of English spoken by international staff at restaurants, but the working atmosphere was so much fun,” she said.

This is the third year of the partnership between the college and Tafe.