Issue 8
Monday, 23 May 2016
Charles Darwin University
Cookery lecturer Matthew Cook: “hospitality industry-standard meals”
Cookery lecturer Matthew Cook: “hospitality industry-standard meals”

Chef to deliver smorgasbord of skills

By Patrick Nelson

Commercial Cookery lecturer Matthew Cook returns to Groote Eylandt today where he will teach high school students the fine art of hospitality kitchen operations for the next two weeks.

It will be the travelling chef’s fourth trip to a remote community this year, although in this case, the training will take place in a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen.

“Alyangula School houses one of the finest regional training kitchens in the NT,” said Matt, who has been delivering Vocational Education and Training on Groote for the past three years.

“It was built a little over a year ago at a cost of $1.3 million, and contains everything you need to deliver the kitchen ops courses.”

Mr Cook said that up to 20 Year 9-12 students from Angurugu, Umbakumba and Alyangula Area School had enrolled in the Certificate I course.

“It’s an industry-based course where the students will work with me in the kitchen to produce hospitality industry-standard meals.

“In the past we have made spaghetti bolognaise, roast chicken and vegetables, steak sandwiches, Greek and fruit salads.

“They will also develop leadership and communication skills, learn to work as an individual and in a team and perhaps take the first steps on a pathway that could lead them to employment in the industry.” 

Not long returned from Milingimbi, Mr Cook said he expected to deliver training to students in about 10 remote Top End communities this year.

“Remote training is sometimes challenging but always a deeply rewarding experience,” he said.