Luke cooks up a future for our kids
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.