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Young chef program/culinary challenge

14/03/2014

A small selection from the high tea the young chefs produced.

Recently six students from Year 10 participated in the Young Chef Program at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism.

During the four day program the students learnt about hygiene in the kitchen, food preparation, knife skills and prepared a wonderful array of food for a ‘high tea’.  The students were able to showcase their individual passion and creativity as well as gain real world experience in a commercial kitchen, working as a team, adhering to strict timelines and presenting meals.

On the Thursday afternoon, combining with the Young Host participants who served beverages, a ‘high tea’ was presented to parents and staff. ‘High tea’ is an age old tradition, often described as a light meal between meals. The menu consisted of a selection of petite and savoury dishes.

Participation in the Young Chef Program is the first step in the selection of students to compete in the 2014 Junior Secondary School Culinary Challenge.  This challenge involves the selected students working with the QCWT head chef, Ben Lanyon, over a 13 week period to create a winning dish with chicken maryland as the main ingredient.

In early August, the challenge team students will cook and present their dish, as they compete in the Southern Downs Regional final in Toowoomba.

Young Chefs in the kitchen.