Mas­ter chefs cook up at storm

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A QUOTA In­ter­na­tional life skills com­mu­nity pro­gram was com­pleted on Satur­day with the fi­nal of the 2014 Chef de Quota at Can­non­vale Tafe.

Ten stu­dents had shopped, bud­geted and cooked their way to a more pos­i­tive view of them­selves and life.

Most of the stu­dents have some spe­cial need but all proved that with some en­cour­age­ment and men­tor­ing that they can achieve great things, which in turn leads to self-es­teem and con­fi­dence.

The theme for Satur­day was Mad Hat­ters Tea party with cos­tumes of Mad Hat­ter, White Rab­bit and mice along with all forms of hats which set the scene for a fun but pro­duc­tive morn­ing of cook­ing un­der the di­rec­tion of TAFE North’s Head Chef Brad Clark.

The ses­sion was in­spired by re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show MasterChef.

Stu­dents baked boiled, cut, rolled and pol­ished to pro­duce restau­rant stan­dard dishes by noon when a bell was run and they were told to “step away from the benches”.

Event or­gan­iser Jill Farinelli said it was amaz­ing to see the per­sonal growth in each and ev­ery stu­dent.

“It was over­whelm­ing and emo­tional see­ing how far all had come in such a very short pe­riod of time. Not only were the stu­dents proud of their own achieve­ments but their fam­ily and friends wit­nessed the dishes that they pro­duced and saw them shine,” she said.

All stu­dents re­ceived a pack­age of cook­ing uten­sils, knives and bowls along with some amaz­ing hand­made tro­phies by Ed­die Gray.

Quota In­ter­na­tional is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion em­pow­er­ing women, chil­dren, the deaf, hard-of-hear­ing, and speech-im­paired in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties around the world. They be­lieve that the pro­gram is a won­der­ful way to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of those in­volved.

MAS­TER CHEF: Stu­dent Char­lie Bell, Proser­pine High School men­tor Sharon War­ren and vol­un­teer kitchen hand Peter Wood at Fi­nal Chef de Quota 2014 on Satur­day at Can­non­vale Tafe.

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