Student chefs to be served a taste of the industry at RACV Torquay Resort

Hospitality students from Surf Coast College will learn how to run a commercial kitchen and have their ‘master chef’ skills put to the test in a dinner event thanks to RACV Torquay Resort.

Ten students studying the nationally recognised Certificate II in Kitchen Operations will experience just how hot it can get in the kitchen, when they prepare a four-course meal for 120 guests with mentoring from the resort’s chefs. Skill building isn’t the only thing on the menu; students who display exceptional potential could be offered apprenticeships at RACV Torquay Resort.

At the Student Chef Dinner, to be held on 25 August 2017, students will cook all four courses under the guidance of RACV Torquay Resort chefs, assist with the delivery of front-of-house service, and will also have the chance to join guests at the table and enjoy the culinary delights of their counterparts.

In the lead up to the event, students will learn the full extent of what is required to deliver a 120-head dinner. Assisting resort chefs and kitchen staff with event preparations, taking on responsibilities such as managing food and beverage orders, table seating, and food preparation, will provide invaluable on-the-job experience.

RACV Torquay Resort Manager Dean Newell said the two-week preparation, culminating in the dinner event, offers students real-world experience within the industry they are about to embark a career upon.

“This is a unique opportunity for hospitality students to take part in a dinner of this scale and be mentored by chefs from an award-winning* venue,” said Mr Newell.

“Not only will students develop skills and get a taste of the industry, RACV Torquay Resort has a great apprentice chef program that could be the beginning of an illustrious career for new chefs. We are particularly pleased to be able to provide students with a real-world environment in which they can display the skills and expertise that they have developed through the programme.”

The relationship between Surf Coast College and RACV Torquay Resort was originally built through the Why Chef competition over five years ago, which involved a cook-off between high schools in the Geelong Surf Coast region. Following the success of this program, RACV Torquay Resort supported more industry development programs to help nurture new talent and provide an avenue for the resort’s world-class chefs to pass on their skills.

*Awards won:

  • Voted 15th best Luxury Hotel in Australia in 2017 Trip Advisor’s top 25 Travelers’ Choice awards
  • Voted 17th best Hotel in Australia in 2017 Trip Advisor’s top 25 Travelers’ Choice awards
  • Silver, Victorian Tourism Awards 2016.
Written by RACV Corporate Communications (03) 9790 2572
August 04, 2017