Issue 4 - 8 May 2012 enews home

Students cook up a storm at Palmerston Markets

By Patrick Nelson

Adam Bourke

Hospitality Operations student Keena … developing front of house skills

There was a little extra flavour and a little extra aroma at the opening night of the Palmerston Markets thanks to Charles Darwin University's cookery and hospitality students and staff.

Under the watchful eye of lecturers Matt Cook, Antonio Tjung and Alexander Ehrlich, students prepared and served 450 tasting plates, much to the delight of hungry visitors.

Half the serves featured green curry barramundi; the other half slow roast buffalo; all with a panache of vegetables tossed in garlic oyster sauce.

Commercial Cookery lecturer Matt Cook said the plates were prepared to appeal to the senses.

"A telling sign of good quality commercial food is that it looks good, tastes good and smells good," he said.

"Another sign is that it goes quickly, which is what happened here; after 17 minutes there was nothing left. It was just phenomenal."

Mr Cook said it gave the Certificate II in Kitchen Operations and Certificate III in Cookery students valuable industry experience.

"Our graduates need to know how to work as a team to prepare and serve food quickly on a massive scale to an exceptional standard."

Mr Cook said students had also created a 2.2 metre Asian fruit carving mirror, made with foods available at the Palmerston Markets.

"It looked spectacular and was also demolished in record time," he said.

Restaurant Manager VET Lecturer Alexander Ehrlich said the event provided six of his Hospitality Operations students an opportunity to showcase their technical, communication and customer skills in public.

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