Belmont City College Year 12 students Filicity Southern-Timms (17) and Michelle Mills (17) took part in the Prepare, Provide, Produce project alongside fellow apprentices from Crown Perth and 11 other WA schools.
‘It’s really good because everyone works together. No one is left out ” we are all equal and everyone had jobs,’ Filicity said.
More than 7000 meals were made for the function, organised by the Home Economics Institute of WA.
London chef Lloyd Hames, from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen program, who worked with the apprentices at the college’s new trade centre, said helping young people through ‘the power of cooking’ was the best thing in his life.
‘I started selling drugs from the age of 12 to take a mouth away from my mother that she had to feed,’ he said.
Mr Hames said his life had changed the day his head chef Arthur Potts Dawson complimented his pasta ” the first time anyone other than his mum had believed in him.
‘He was telling me my pasta was the most beautiful pasta in the world so that was the day I decided to knuckle down and be a chef,’ he said.