Ms Lee Cecchin, Chef and Teacher in Charge of Commercial Cookery at TAFE Western’s Broken Hill College, along with a team of apprentice chefs, are busy getting ready to serve guests at a lunch being organised by the Royal Flying Doctor Service for Crown Princess Mary of Denmark when she visits Broken Hill this Friday.
The lunch for 260 guests will include a menu developed by Ms Cecchin that features a Quandong and Rain Forest Plum lasagne amongst other regional produce.
“This event will be the highlight of the year for our apprentices in commercial cookery at the Broken Hill College,” Ms Cecchin said.
“Working in the industry is a vital part of the students training pathway, helping them to build and hone their cooking and planning skills. The students catered for a function for 400 people earlier this year, but they have not cooked for Royalty before, and the RFDS event this week will give them another opportunity to put their training into practice.
“This is a fantastic real life experience that will help them become work ready upon completion of their course.”
The apprentice chefs helping Ms Cecchin will learn skills in bulk preparation of food, and the organisation required for the smooth running of large scale banquets including logistics, running sheets, and workflow plans.
In addition to the team of apprentice chefs, Ms Cecchin has been preparing thirty-seven wait staff to serve the food at the luncheon. The team of waiters will be made up of Food and Beverage students from TAFE as well as Hospitality students from the local school. Part of their duties on the day will be to help prepare the table settings for the lunch, laying the cutlery and glasses.
“We also have a team of volunteers from local industry and the club who are coming to help out on the day,” Ms Cecchin said. “Through TAFE we have been able to develop a fantastic network in Broken Hill and I’d like to thank everyone who is helping out. This really is an event that will benefit the whole town.”
TAFE Western’s Broken Hill College restaurant was recently awarded the 2011 regional Award of Excellence for Restaurant in a Training Institute.