For the love of food!

John Therry High students cooked up a storm recently for 70 teachers and senior students.

These Year 12 students are studying Hospitality as part of their Higher School Certificate and were offered this unique learning experience as part of their mandatory work placement.

Students prepped, cooked and served delicious chicken and lamb burgers followed by mouth-watering desserts of chocolate brownies or sticky date puddings.

The long-lunch program was designed by MWLP’s own ‘Celebrity’ Chef and Work Placement Manager, Michael Everett.

Michael invited dedicated and committed chefs along to the two-day event. Graham Krueger from Wests Leagues Club, Darren Lees from HTN (Hospitality Training Network) a group training organisation committed to the development of up and coming Hospitality apprentices and Peter Sheppard from Campbelltown Catholic Club inspired the group on day one with talks and advice about their career journeys so far.

The students donned aprons and were mentored by Graham Krueger from Wests Leagues Club, James Fairbanks from HTN and former student Courtney Abela from Airport Rydges who was responsible for plating the amazing desserts!

Angela Cascarino, John Therry’s VET Coordinator said “This level of expertise providing mentoring opportunities to engage students in the industry was beyond the expectations of ordinary work placement. This is a privilege we are very grateful for and we hope will be a model for all our students in future years. “

L to R Ann Conte – JT Teacher, Christina Fraser – Wollongong CEO VET Coordinator, Wayne Marshall – JT Principal, Jennifer Callaghan – CEO VET Administration, Angela Cascarino – JT VET Coordinator, Steve Peters – JT Teacher

Joe Huynh is in Year 12 and was very impressive as Maitre d’ for the lunch. Not only was he responsible for the invitations and name tags, Joe ran ‘front of house’ superbly.

Joe has a passion for Hospitality. He attended the MWLP Jobs for Youth night and work placement at Campbelltown Catholic Club recently. He was so impressive he has been offered an apprenticeship commencing early 2020.

L to R Joe Huynh, Roman Golebiewski (Year 12 Coordinator), Antony Lagrotteria

Joe said “I hope everyone today enjoys the food and receives the highest quality service. I work casually at McDonalds. I’m all about food! I love food, I love cooking and I’m pretty good at it. Today has been great and I can’t wait to start my apprenticeship.”

Dylan Brown has his sights set on a university pathway to either Business Management or Physiotherapy. He hopes the skills and industry connections he will make studying Hospitality will assist him with casual Hospitality jobs whilst studying.

Dylan Brown in black chef’s hat

MWLP’s Michael Everett added “Today was awesome. Connecting local students to industry representatives is what our job is all about, but to work with them as well is so good. The students are wonderful and really enjoy working with the different chefs. They all added their own personalities and skill sets to the event, which gives the students such a varied perspective and some really different ideas.”

Feedback from teachers and students was very positive. Roman Golebiewski, Year 12 Coordinator said “Today was wonderful. A good effort. The students demonstrated solid commitment and respect.”

About MWLP:

MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation. Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.

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11 April 2019