A group of student foodie enthusiasts are combining their diverse cultural backgrounds with their passion for hospitality to run a creative degustation dinner for 90 guests on Tuesday 6 September at TAFE NSW Illawarra.
It’s all part of the hands-on learning experience as part of their Hospitality Management studies at the TwentyTwenty Training Restaurant at Wollongong campus.
The dinner will take guests around the world across seven multicultural courses and is already sold out, thanks to efforts of students and their teachers.
“It’s all about giving the students the chance to create and run their own event – just as they would in their future hospitality careers,” says Teacher Jeanne Parker.
“The students have been researching, liaising and negotiating with local suppliers. They have sourced the finest local produce from around Wollongong.
“We’re really lucky to have a unique class, with students from all around the world. Each student has chosen a dish from their country of origin to share with our community.”
Student Supriya Iyer from India, says the event is also a way to celebrate Father’s Day.
“I’m really happy to be a part of this event, which will raise a toast to fathers all around the world.
“I wish my dad was here, this is just the kind of thing he loves.”
Guests will enjoy an exciting evening, with a flambé show by our WorldSkills Australia Hospitality Competitor, Cameron Thomas – and live entertainment by music students.
The students have also enlisted Brendan Bate Wine Agencies, with Brendan guiding the students in matching each of their courses with a range of Australian wines.
Brendan has conducted wine tasting sessions with the students, equipping them with all the wine knowledge they need to present to their 90 guests.