Last weekend’s Radio Tarana 2018 Food Festival gave Ignite Colleges cookery students their first taste of life as real chefs.
They are just two weeks into their Level 3 Certificate in Culinary Arts, but the talented students still managed to whip up 500 mouth-watering dumplings with schezwan sauce – all of which were quickly devoured by local foodies. The popular festival, which showcased a diverse and exciting array of international cuisine and music, took place at the Vodafone Events Centre from midday to 7pm on Saturday.
For Ignite Colleges cookery student Bettina Adriano it was a great opportunity to put her recently learned skills into practice.
“We got to cook dumplings and do front-of-house at the festival. It was a great experience and a real privilege to work in public at such a big event,” she said.
Students prepared two types of dumplings - vegetarian and chilli chicken – under the expert guidance of top chefs – cookery tutor Paul Yen and Ignite Colleges General Manager Jasbir Kaur. Jasbir said the students did themselves and the college proud.
“They were a bit nervous initially, as it was the first external event the class has been involved in, but they did a great job,” said Jasbir.
“We got fantastic feedback from the public, who absolutely loved the dumplings, and were also very interested to hear about New Zealand’s newest cookery school. We only launched culinary arts training this month but already our students are turning heads!”
With a strong focus on delivering practical, industry-relevant training, gaining authentic work experience is an integral part of Ignite Colleges programmes. The Radio Tarana 2018 Food Festival was just the first of many opportunities Ignite’s cookery students will have to showcase their skills in the public arena.