EDIBLE molecular gastronomy and tea mixology were some of the culinary concepts on display when 40 teachers from NSW public schools became the first to take part in a new hospitality industry immersion program.
Local teacher Ms Eve Riches from Bowraville Central School was nominated to participate in the program.
The ‘Excellence in Hospitality Training’ is a five-day immersive experience for teachers of HSC-level hospitality courses and was established by the NSW Department of Education in partnership with William Angliss Institute Sydney.
Ms Riches had the opportunity to refine and develop her skills by participating in skill development workshops led by expert chefs and hospitality leaders.
Through the program teachers learn up-to-date industry skills and explore emerging trends such as food pop-ups, edible art molecular gastronomy which looks at the application of science in food preparation, and tea mixology to discover the art of serving tea and infusing tea flavours into different food.
These industry skills are then taken back to the classroom to enhance the delivery of industry-relevant hospitality courses to HSC students.
During the week the teachers showcased and improved their new skills by preparing a long lunch and five-course dinner.
Game birds, seafood tortellini and textures of chocolate were just some of the items on the menu during the dinner, which catered for 40 invited guests.
Robyn Pemberton, leader, VET for Secondary Schools, said the program helped teachers connect and engage with the hospitality industry, further developing their knowledge in the subject.
“This is a unique opportunity for our VET hospitality teachers to come together and learn about the latest trends in the industry,” she said.
Ms Riches enjoyed participating in the program and is looking forward to sharing their new knowledge with the VET hospitality students at Bowraville Central School.
VET programs offer pathways for school students into careers, further study, training or employment.
Hospitality is the most popular VET subject taught in NSW public schools, with more than 7500 students enrolled in Hospitality in Year 11 and 12.
The NSW Department of Education supports schools and teachers to ensure each VET course is delivered and complies with the national standards of each industry curriculum framework.