From menu creation to running the kitchen, TAFE NSW Orange student and Bathurst resident, Emma Collins, has her career cooked to perfection thanks to the skills and expertise she is developing as an apprentice chef at award-winning Orange restaurant, Racine.
The talented food enthusiast is able to express her creative flare while discovering how different flavour combinations work at one of the top food destinations in Australia according to the Gourmet Traveller’s 2019 Australian Restaurant Guide.
Chris Williams, head chef at Racine restaurant and a proud TAFE NSW alumnus who boasts more than 14 years in the industry, said that Emma was in her second year of her apprenticeship and was emerging into a well-rounded young chef.
“Emma has developed strong leadership and communication skills to effectively manage others in the kitchen both as an individual and as a team,” Mr Williams said.
“She has a natural ability for creative cooking and we are seeing her problem-solving skills start to shine in her dish creations.
“Studying a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at TAFE NSW has enabled her to develop advanced techniques in commercial cookery and has given her the opportunity to learn from other apprentices from varying backgrounds and restaurants.”
Ms Collins said Dharra Ngurang (training restaurant operated by TAFE NSW) has given her an insight into working as a head chef in a restaurant.
“I’ve really enjoyed working in the kitchen of Dharra Ngurang, assigning tasks to other students and overlooking everything to make sure the kitchen is running smoothly,” she said.
“It has given me an idea of what it’s like working in a different kitchen environment to my current kitchen that I have become accustomed to.
“I love the modern Australian cuisine we offer at Racine and I am able to express this when I present my menu at Dharra Ngurang. I’m enjoying using local and fresh produce to create real food with delicious flavour combinations.”
TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Tourism and Hospitality, Amanda Glassop, said Emma was a gifted student and it was clear that she had really found her calling in the hospitality industry.
“Emma is the perfect example of students coming to TAFE NSW and learning the practical skills that are highly sought after in the hospitality industry and result in real-life employment outcomes,” she said.
For more information about the range of hospitality and commercial cookery courses at TAFE NSW, visit tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.