Issue 7 - 6 August 2013 enews home

Hospitality students cook up more funds for charity

By Patrick Nelson


Team leader Tim Francis and hospitality lecturer Lance Poulton present Keith Hicks of the Australian Men’s Shed Association with a cheque for $10,000

Hospitality staff and students at Palmerston campus have again shown their flare in the kitchen, in the restaurant, and as fund raisers.

Lecturer Lance Poulton said he was delighted to have been part of the group that recently presented $10,000 to the Palmerston branch of the Australian Men’s Shed Association.

“You can imagine how stoked they were to receive a cheque for $10,085.70,” which our Certificate III, IV and Diploma students raised last semester,” Mr Poulton said.

“It makes us feel pretty good too, knowing that we’ve made a valuable contribution to an organisation that does such important work in the community.”

Mr Poulton said the funds were raised at two degustation dinners at the Karawa Training Restaurant.

“It was a six-course white-glove fine-dining experience that gave our students a close-up look at the high end of the hospitality industry,” he said.

“Full houses on successive nights allowed diners to experience the high quality that we achieve through our training programs.”

Mr Poulton said the auctions demonstrated goodwill from the business community who donated prizes and the generous nature of diners who bid for them.

The major prize on the first night was a private dinner for six at the winner’s home, cooked by senior cookery lecturer Jason Wilkes and served by restaurant manager Michelle Rojo.

The major prize on night two was a master chef’s class for 10, conducted by kitchen maestro Matt Cook.

“One went for $1000 and the other for even more,” Mr Poulton said.

Earlier this year, hospitality staff presented a cheque for $8576 to the Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Rape.

Mr Poulton said plans were in place for the next fund raising degustation dinners on 23 and 24 October.