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Barbecue bonanza at NT Food Week

By Katie Weiss

Food lovers have rolled into NT Food Week. From left: Commercial Cookery and Bakery lecturer Antonio Tjung and team leader Robert Schwerdt Food lovers have rolled into NT Food Week. From left: Commercial Cookery and Bakery lecturer Antonio Tjung and team leader Robert Schwerdt

Food lovers have sharpened their sausage sizzling skills at the first NT Food Week at Charles Darwin University’s Palmerston campus.

Participants learned how to mince different kinds of meats, create flatbreads from scratch and barbecue the lot at the event’s BBQ Masterclasses.

CDU Commercial Cookery and Bakery team leader Robert Schwerdt said the Palmerston campus was a training hub for food production and delivery.

“A growing number of people in Darwin are seeking training to complement their food-related hobbies, which we endeavour to cater for at the campus,” Mr Schwerdt said.

CDU Alice Springs butchery lecturer Rick Griffiths taught gourmet sausage and pattie making alongside bakery lecturer David Barker during the masterclass.

Other activities included the Australian Apprentice Competition and the Worldskills Regional Cookery Competition on Tuesday and the NT Baking Competition, NT Culinary Competition and the VETIS Worldskills Competition on Thursday.

Baking Associations of Australia and the Australian Culinary Federation NT partnered with CDU to host NT Food Week.

NT Food Week sponsors included Arafura Catering Equipment, EOI Bakery, MAURI anz, PFD Food Services, Oostra Spices, Goodman Fielder, KrioKrush, Bulla Dairy Foods, Manildra Group Darwin Fish Markets, Humpty Doo Barra and NT Seafood Council.