Students to learn new skills in preparation for culinary challenge

Year 10 students from throughout the Sunshine Coast will participate in a special culinary masterclass on Friday as they prepare for the Queensland Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge.

The Culinary Challenge program, being coordinated on the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions by Queensland Youth Industry Links (QYIL) in association with the Australian Culinary Federation, is an opportunity for the students – all studying Home Economics or Hospitality – to get a taste of the pleasures, challenges, excitement and gravity that can accompany a career as a cook or a chef.

QYIL Partnership Broker Lee Shea said the Masterclass at Chancellor State College, was the first of two, and would see special guests Novotel Twin Waters Spa Executive Chef Steven Forrester and Australian Culinary Federation Sunshine Coast Region Coordinator, David Tupper give the students tips to help them in the competition.

“On Friday, 44 students from 11 different Coast schools will see Mr Forrester and Mr Tupper cook and explain the competition rules.

“These great chefs will also provide students with some great strategies and skills to use during the competition,” Mr Shea said.

“In the second masterclass, students will learn about cooking techniques and incorporating fresh produce into their dishes and also be provided with more information from the judges.”

Mr Shea said the competition would see pairs of students from schools within the region compete for the opportunity to represent the Sunshine Coast at the Grand Final Cook Off at the Brisbane Ekka, against the winners of the other regions – Redcliffe, Caboolture, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Cairns, Brisbane North and Brisbane South.

“With over $4000 in prize money, medals and a trophy for the Australian Culinary Federation Queensland Champion Junior Secondary Challenge, competition is set to be intense and satisfying for all the students involved.”

QYIL is the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay region provider of the Partnership Brokers Program, funded by the Australian Government, to build partnerships with schools, businesses and community groups and develop partnerships at a strategic level which influence the region’s response to Youth Attainment and Transition. The National Program consists of more than 1,450 active and self sustaining partnerships involving more than 4,700 partner organisations. New Partnerships continue to form every week across Australia.

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