Gifted students cooked up a storm at the recent Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College (BTAC) 2021 Hospitality Showcase.
With COVID-19 raining on last year’s restaurant party, the youngsters were keen to return to the kitchen to show off their skills – and embrace the “nothing fancy” menu theme.
The evening – at the school’s newly-renovated café in room 34 – also gave them a chance to display the technical and practical abilities they had gained under the guidance of their industry-experienced teachers.
“With hundreds of local venues closed during the pandemic, diners are adjusting to the reality of fewer menu choices, brief dining times, fixed price evenings, advance ordering and dishes whose looks take a back seat to taste,” head of TAS and VET Jenny Gurr said.
“These industry changes have influenced pupils, teachers and learning in hospitality subjects at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College.
“Currency always sways the way students go about designing the menu for BTAC’s annual Hospitality Showcase dinner.
“This year, they wanted meals that give a hug, not a challenge.”
Ms Gurr explained the “yummy” idea behind the 2021 theme.
“Nobody orders $68 steaks to go,” she said.
“Therefore, many fancy restaurants blew up their menu during the ‘great pause’.
“Fancy food just doesn’t travel well.
“So, many eateries stuck with comfort cuisine – and some are using dark kitchens to expand their operations.
“That meant this year’s theme became more rustic.
“Our students are our biggest assets; and the hospitality industry offers an excellent platform for growing and developing young talent.
“And, they all rose to the occasion.”
Alumni Hannah Gunton, who won the Hunter Region School Based Traineeship of the Year Award (Training NSW) in 2020 and is currently undertaking her chef apprenticeship at Coal River and Co, also praised the efforts of the Year 10, 11 and 12 pupils.
“The Hospitality Showcase exhibited the magnificent educational journey I had studying hospitality at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College,” she said.
“It was a privilege to meet this year’s group.”