Food from around the world was on the menu at the Ara City Campus on Monday. As part of their assessment 16 Ara Diploma in Cookery students had to prepare a six course international dinner for 60 guests, while being assessed.
“The six courses are all influenced by another country. We have Middle East, Scandinavia, Asia, Mediterranean, Europe and Malaysia. The students prepare everything and are being assessed on the day by a tutor,” cookery tutor Stan Tawa said.
One of the six courses focuses on Mediterranean food.
The practical assessments that are a core part of the Ara Cookery programme give students greater awareness of different styles of cuisine. “There will also be a bit of pressure in the kitchen, as the students have to look after 60 covers each evening”, Stan said.
For International Cookery student Manjit Singh from India the evening went well.
“I prepared the first course, with artichokes, olives and yoghurt. I wasn’t too stressed because at my workplace I have done 150 covers before. But I haven’t done 60 covers with only 16 students yet. Once I finished my first course I went to a friend to ask if he needed help. It was a good experience.”
Cookery student Manjit in the Ara kitchen.
It was the first time that the students had to prepare a six course dinner and so many covers. “The class was excited, but some of the courses were a bit difficult. Some of us hadn’t done many covers before, but our tutor guided and supervised us very well”, Manjit added.
In 2017 Ara students will present five international dinners in total, two in March and three in August (1st,14th and 15th). Friday 24 March is the next opportunity to sample a unique international menu and support the next generation of professional cooks.
The dinners are open to the public and cost $45. To book a table email email@example.com or phone 03 940 8664.