“We asked Ignite’s students to find healthy, cost-effective dining solutions for large families, to get them thinking about budgeting and pulling out some real-life learnings,” said Swann.
“Today’s event gave local community groups the opportunity to come and engage with the learnings, connect with their local neighbourhood education provider, and find out more about the great digital Sorted resources and education programmes the Commission has.”
Level 4 hospitality student Fasi Uleautuli led the winning team to victory as maître-d for the mid-winter Christmas pop-up. She said the skills she has learned over the past week will benefit her for a lifetime.
“It was very nerve-wracking, but it taught me a lot,” she said. “Our group tackled the challenge by imagining we were putting on a celebration for our own families. We thought of all the yummy things we enjoy at special occasions, and then tried to come up with ways to keep the cost down, while still creating something beautiful. We’re only three weeks into our course so it was a big challenge, but a very valuable one. Now we all know how to better budget for Christmas this year!”