Issue 2
Monday, 01 April 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Ben Wotton (Gemtree) and Aarya Praktap KC (Yulara) show their piping skills under the watchful eye of Cookery Lecturer Mark Bizley
Ben Wotton (Gemtree) and Aarya Praktap KC (Yulara) show their piping skills under the watchful eye of Cookery Lecturer Mark Bizley

Top chef dishes up sound advice

Students from the Alice Springs School of the Air received some timely tuition from a Charles Darwin University chef in the lead up to a middle-school master chef competition recently.

Commercial Cookery Lecturer Mark Bizley said he gave the Year 7-9 students a tour of the Desert Lantern training restaurant and the Tourism and Hospitality commercial kitchen, and a brief explanation of a day in the life of a chef.

“We talked about food handling and I demonstrated how to make a vegetable stir fry before they tried their hands at piping chocolate mousse,” Mr Bizley said.

The students, who hail from Central Australian outposts of Yulara, Lajamanu, Curtain Springs and Harts Range, were in the Alice for a week-long residential block. 

Divided into two teams, students planned and prepared a three-course meal, which they served to the other team following their visit to CDU. As an extra challenge, the students, who mostly come from pastoral families, were required to prepare dishes that were meat-free.

Mr Bizley said he explained the food and hospitality courses on offer at CDU and the merit of having a qualification recognised by industry.