Held in the gorgeous waterfront function room at Rydges in Port Macquaire, the ETC Yes Chef Apprentice Meet + Eat event showcased some of ETC’s best budding Apprentices.
Meet + Eat was about bringing local businesses from the hospitality industry together to network and meet with ETC’s up-and-coming hospitality superstars.
ETC Hospitality Trainer Craig Saunders said, “we invited local businesses into the program to showcase the Apprentices skills – but we also want to show what ETC do, and what we have on offer to enhance our students skills.”
At the event, each of the Apprentices planned, prepared and served delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
“The apprentices did everything from scratch. They hand-made all the products and were completely instrumental in the entire setup of everything that they made,” said Craig.
“They had guidance from me, but they organised their own menus, did their own work plans and formulated all the presentation.”
“I’m really proud of what they have achieved!”
Acording to attendees, the food was fresh, delicious and 10/10.
They also said it was great to see the Apprentices execute the menu start to finish – including serving.
Yes Chef is a fresh, innovative program developed by ETC and is set to tackle the industry’s skills shortage issue and bring a more personalised approach to Commercial Cookery Apprenticeships.
ETC RTO Operations Manager NSW, Petah Russell said Yes Chef was based on feedback from locals in the industry.
“The program allows us to work closely with both the Apprentice and employing business to provide tailor made training options to suit the needs of the business and give the Apprentice individualised support.”
The program exposes the Apprentice to training options and experience that they may only have received in large corporations or in metropolitan areas.
Yes Chef gives the Apprentice and employer access to master classes, workshops, and on-site training.
This enables the Apprentice to learn the skills and put them into practice straight away, which builds confidence and enhances the businesses quality of service.
Participants also gain a nationally recognised qualification through this great Apprentice Chef Program.
Everyone in attendance at the recent Meet + Eat event gave stellar reviews.
“Today was Fantastic. It was great to meet the staff from ETC and to check out what the Apprentices have been doing in the kitchen,” said Head Chef and Co-owner of Little Fish Café, Steve.
Apprentice Jade, also from Little Fish Café, said that her favourite part of program was learning different techniques and cuisines in the kitchen.
“The Yes Chef Apprenticeship Program has been a very positive experience for me – and after today’s event I’m feeling extra confident in my abilities.”
During Meet + Eat, Apprentices were also assessed on the job for some of their more difficult units – which traditionally they would have had to complete in their workplaces.
“So, today’s event was geared at first and second year Apprentices – it really helps them get signed off on their units so they can progress to the next stage of their apprenticeship,” said Craig.
This was the first of many Meet + Eat events, and we can’t wait to see what our wonderful students create next time.
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