TAFE NSW students and teachers are encouraging the Dubbo community to experience the culinary creations and exceptional service of the Horizons training restaurant.
Horizons is a fully-licensed restaurant operated by TAFE NSW Dubbo Certificate III Commercial Cookery and Certificate III and IV Hospitality students and offers a five-course menu for just $40 per person.
TAFE NSW Commercial Cookery student, Patrick Bennell, said the restaurant provided the opportunity for students to learn and put into practice important skills that will help them forge successful careers in the hospitality industry.
“The kitchen and simulated restaurant is the perfect learning environment and has given me an insight into what it is actually like to run a kitchen,” he said.
“Developing and costing a menu and practicing different cooking techniques are just a couple of the skills that I have been able to fine tune at the TAFE NSW restaurant.”
TAFE NSW Commercial Cookery Teacher, Geoffrey Nicholas, said the kitchen and restaurant were invaluable facilities in preparing students for the fast-paced hospitality industry.
“You notice the increase in skill, confidence and ability while the restaurant is open and many regular diners comment on the professionalism of the wait staff and calibre of the meals,” he said.
“Menu creation is taken very seriously by the apprentice chefs with one student each week choosing the menu and acting as head chef in control of the kitchen and his/her fellow apprentices.
“The apprentices are encouraged to create menus using our environmentally sustainable food philosophy using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
“The restaurant is an essential component of ensuring our cookery and hospitality graduates are job-ready. There is no experience substitute for a full-service dining room with paying customers and real-time demands to prepare students for life in the dynamic hospitality industry.”
Horizons is open on Tuesday evenings now until October 9. To book a table call Kristy Lewis on 6883 3604.
For information about commercial cookery and hospitality courses at TAFE NSW visit tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.