Charles Darwin University
enews home

Cookery student dishes up Outback feast fit for a king

By Patrick Nelson

Commercial Cookery student Jayden Cohen in the kitchen where meals for the Royal couple were prepared Commercial Cookery student Jayden Cohen in the kitchen where meals for the Royal couple were prepared

A Charles Darwin University student says it was a delight and an honour to have had the opportunity to cook and prepare meals for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Central Australia last month.

Commercial cookery student Jayden Cohen is an apprentice chef and one of six kitchen staff at Longitude 131o, the luxury lodge that offers uninterrupted views of the Outback’s iconic Uluru.

“There was some nervous energy in the kitchen and we put in some long hours, but the opportunity to look after the Royal couple gave us all a little extra bounce in our step,” the fourth-year apprentice said.

“It was our chance to showcase the best of Australia to people who are used to first-class circles.”

Jayden helped prepare an elaborate dinner platter containing Indigenous ingredients and some “Australiana”, delivered to the “Royal tent” on large raw-timber boards.

“It took all our skill and a great deal of work but the presentation was immaculate and the flavours spectacular,” he said.

He also helped prepare the four-course dinner menu, which featured Coorong Black Angus Beef Fillet, Pommes Puree, Parsley Buttered Mushrooms, Glazed Baby Leek, Pinot Noir & Pink Peppercorn Jusette.

Jayden said he gave the future King and Queen of England a wave and they waved back at him on the morning of their departure.

“From a kitchen perspective, it was rewarding to hear them compliment the high quality food and to acknowledge us for our professionalism,” he said.

“This (Longitude 131o) was the one place on the Royal tour where they could relax and let their hair down.”