Luke cooks up a fu­ture for our kids

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

IT’S not ev­ery day a worl­drenowned chef turns up the heat in your high-school cook­ing class.

But that’s what oc­curred yes­ter­day when culi­nary king Luke Man­gan left his stove at fine diner Glass to pop in for a chat with 250 hospi­tal­ity stu­dents at Cam­den High School in Syd­ney’s south­west.

The visit was part of The In­spired Se­ries, a pro­gram Man­gan launched in 2015 to com­bat the high rate of dropouts in TAFE culi­nary cour­ses — and he’s hop­ing to pass on his recipe for suc­cess.

Man­gan, who was kicked out of school at 15, be­lieves learn­ing from suc­cess­ful chefs can en­cour­age teens to pur­sue a ca­reer in hospi­tal­ity.

“These guys are won­der­ing what they’ll be do­ing in the fu­ture. This is about get­ting in their minds and telling the sto­ries of how chefs got started, and the ups and downs of this in­dus­try,” he said.

“Today was the first time we’ve done it and we want to take it na­tion­ally.”

Would-be chef Clarissa Simione, 16, was thrilled by the visit.

“This has had a huge im­pact on me and I’m so grate­ful,” she said.

Man­gan at Cam­den High School.

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