Issue 14
Monday, 28 August 2017
Charles Darwin University
Cookery lecturer Ingolf Eigenwillig with his Legends trophy
Cookery lecturer Ingolf Eigenwillig with his Legends trophy

It’s official: Alice chef a ‘legend’

By Patrick Nelson

Long-time Alice Springs cookery lecturer Ingolf Eigenwillig has been inducted into the Austafe Hall of Fame as a “legend”.

Mr Eigenwillig was in Brisbane for the annual leaders and legends awards dinner recently when his peers bestowed the excellence award on him.

Tourism and Hospitality (Central) Team Leader Mike Keating said the award recognised the widespread respect that colleagues, industry, students and the VET sector held for Mr Eigenwillig, an Alice Springs-based lecturer whose links with CDU stretch back almost 30 years.

“He has trained thousands of students including many of the resort chefs at Yulara in that time,” Mr Keating said.

“He also delivered training students at Tennant Creek High School and to inmates at the low security Barkly Work Camp for many years.

“It is difficult to travel to a location in the southern NT that has a commercial kitchen and find a qualified chef who has not had a positive experience of Ingolf’s teaching at some stage of their career.”

Originally from Germany, Mr Eigenwillig entered the NT’s VET sector as a patisserie trainer at Gillen House, the precursor to CDU’s Desert Lantern training restaurant.

“He trained a large number of international chefs at Gillen House in what was one of the first international VET programs in Australia.

“Ingolf continues to be a remarkable person who has helped set new standards of professionalism in the VET training space in the NT,” Mr Keating said.