Seven talented Aboriginal Certificate III Hospitality students from Wilcannia have thrived while working with some of the best Aboriginal chefs in the country at the recent Kambarang festival in Western Australia.
TAFE Western Tourism and Hospitality Teacher Lee Cecchin said the I Barka Nhuunghus group (meaning I River Women) described the excursion as a ‘remarkable and once-in-a-lifetime learning experience’.
“The students were able to work alongside celebrity chef Mark The Black Olive, Josh Whiteland from Koomal Dreaming and an amazing network of support chefs and teachers who were on hand to guide and nurture them,” Ms Cecchin said.
“The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They were very enthusiastic in their approach to learning new things and were always willing to get in there and have a go.
“As a teacher it was rewarding to watch all the students grow in confidence, see their interest in food grow and hopefully now they can take what they have learnt back into their local community and share this amazing experience.”
During their week in WA, the students attended masterclasses focused on pasta and cheese making, making bread using a woodfire oven, how to best utilise chocolate, dairy and ice cream, and the students also attended an abalone site visit.
Other skills they learnt included workplace health and safety; how to observe food safety; how to utilise Indigenous foods; how to set table places and chairs; as well as preparing food, serving, catering and lots more.
The overall consensus among the students when asked about their highlights included working with The Black Olive, and foraging for pipis and bush foods that formed the basis of the menu for the main Kambarang lunch.
This wonderful opportunity was made possible thanks to funding from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and TAFE Western.
For more information about the Kambarang food festival, please visit http://kambarangfestival.com.au/