Vocational Education and Hospitality shine at T-Red dinner

Some 70 year 10,11 and 12 Thomas Reddall High School students prepared, cooked and served a three-course meal (alternate choice) for 100 staff, family and VIPs held in their Auditorium last night.

These talented and passionate young people worked alongside guest chefs – Graham Krueger from Wests Leagues Club, Peter Sheppard from Campbelltown Catholic Club, Darren Wills and Darren Lees from HTN (Hospitality Training Network) a group training organisation committed to the development of up and coming Hospitality apprentices.

The group was ably assisted by MWLP’s own celebrity chef and Work Placement Manager Michael Everett.

The menu consisted of a choice of Pumpkin soup or Salt & Pepper Calamari for entrée;  Boned & Rolled Lamb Leg Medallions w/ rosemary and honey jus or Grilled Chicken Breast Supreme w/ asparagus spears and tarragon cream sauce for main. Dessert was either Summer Pudding w/mango & raspberry coulis or White Chocolate Friand w/chocolate semifreddo & chocolate shards.

The students got to put the skills that they are learning in the classroom to good use in the kitchen under guidance from the experts.

Dharma Gregory is in Year 11 and commented “Tonight was so exciting so much fun. It was an adrenaline rush. Now I’ve had a chance to see what it’s really like.” Dharma is studying Hospitality as part of her HSC and added “I can’t wait to do my work placement.”

Up and coming Chefs L to R: Dharma Gregory, Deklan Maycock and Jordan Paul

Krystal Macdonald who is in year 10 said “Tonight was really good. It gave us a great insight into the Hospitality Industry. I really enjoyed waitressing. My goal is to become a model and I’ve recently been signed with an agency, but waitressing will be a great thing to fall back on if I need it and I can waitress all around the world.”

Krystal Macdonald

Wyllow Etienne is in Year 10 and not sure of her career path but says “Today’s talk really helped and I definitely know if I decide to choose Hospitality who to go to. I feel more prepared now.”

Cherie Edwards has been teaching Hospitality at Thomas Reddall for over 17 years and said “Students were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of our first T-Red Restaurant experience. They have gained so much industry knowledge and skill working alongside expert chefs who so willingly and patiently worked with them over the two days. It has been wonderful to see the enthusiasm of our students and the development of their practical skills within the industry setting. Stage 5 and Stage 6 Hospitality students have worked together demonstrating leadership and teamwork capabilities.”

Graham Krueger, Group Executive Chef at Wests Leagues Club said “It was great to see the students really enjoy themselves. Tonight definitely gave them a real-life experience of what it’s like to work in a kitchen in a team environment. I was very impressed by their enthusiasm. By the end of the night they were really buzzing. I saw quite a few potential candidates. I enjoy giving back and being involved in events like this one. It makes me happy.”

The Hospitality event was spread over two days and included an inspiring and motivational talk from accomplished and expert chefs who talked about their life journeys.

Peter Sheppard, Food & Beverage Director at Campbelltown Catholic Club related to the students and reassured them by saying “None of us knew what we were doing back then. We all did work experience and applied ourselves. My advice to you is turn up with a good attitude and enthusiasm and be prepared to work hard. There is so much opportunity and it could take you around the world.”

Graham Krueger Wests Leagues Club, Darren Wills HTN and Peter Sheppard Campbelltown Catholic Club with Thomas Reddall High Hospitality students and staff

MWLP Linking Youth was proud to co-host this event with Thomas Reddall High. Their Work Placement Manager, Michael Everett is also a qualified chef and was instrumental in making the event happen.

L to R: MWLP’s Michael Everett and Dr David M Williams with Darren Lees from HTN

Lynne Irvine, Executive Director for Regional South, Department of Education said “The support from MWLP has really helped build the students’ confidence and given them the opportunity to showcase their skills. The chefs working with the students was fantastic. It was a really lovely night and the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


Media Relations Contact: Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

28 March 2019