TAFE Western’s seven Certificate III Hospitality Aboriginal students from Wilcannia are confident they possess the skills and knowledge to impress some of the best chefs in the world at this week’s Kambarang festival in Western Australia.
The I Barka Nhuunghus group (meaning I River Women) were invited to help cater and take part in the famous week-long food festival by celebrity chef Mark The Black Olive. They believe the skills they’ve learnt through TAFE and catering for other high profile dignitaries this year will hold them in good stead.
“As a committed and determined group of women, we are looking forward to the Kambarang food festival so that we can show and produce the best of cultural culinary fare and be able to showcase and present traditional food from this beautiful country of ours,” Group spokesperson Colleen Wilson said.
“We want to experience life-changing situations and be recognised in the hospitality world for promoting our native foods and flavours along with successful people like The Black Olive.
“We also hope to be professional ambassadors for our Wilcannia community and also TAFE Western.”
The overall consensus among the group was that this opportunity really was a dream come true, and they were surprised how far they’d come in such a short period of time.
“We never thought we would get this far in our journey when we enrolled in a hospitality course at TAFE Western in Wilcannia,” Ms Wilson said.
“Being a part of a determined group of women has made us step up and taken our techniques to a whole new level in preparing, cooking and delivering great food.
“We believe that we are privileged to be a part of the Kambarang food festival and to have been invited by an internationally renowned Aboriginal chef Mark The Black Olive is an honour in itself.”
TAFE Western Tourism and Hospitality Teacher Lee Cecchin said this opportunity was made possible thanks to funding from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and TAFE Western, and also paid tribute to Summit Employment and Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation for helping supply the students’ uniforms.
Ms Cecchin said the students would be in WA from tomorrow until November 20, and will participate in engaging activities each day that coincide with their Certificate III Hospitality TAFE studies.
This includes making entries into their journals; learning key aspects of workplace health and safety; learning how to observe food safety; participating in cooking masterclasses with different chefs including The Black Olive; attending a cultural walk where they will learn about the use of Indigenous foods; learning how to set table places and chairs; as well as preparing food, serving, catering and lots more.
For more information about the Kambarang food festival, please visit http://kambarangfestival.com.au/