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Pelican : November 2009
Tempting tastes turn into trip to Tahiti 8 Congratulations to St Edmund's Hospitality students who competed in both the ACT Australian Culinary Federation Championships and the World Skills Event. Gold Medals were won by Jordan Harrison, Elie Maatouk, Alex McGrane, Jack Dunn, Andrew Rosetta and Mitchell Kelly. However, Brett Waslin and Joshua Brown were the outright winners. These two talented boys have since competed at a national level to earn a place representing Australia in the International Championships in Tahiti in October. Their winning dish was a tempting-sounding 'mandarin salted smoked lamb rump, flavoured with a citrus onion marmalade, oriental mushroom and five-spice pie with a coriander cashew nut pesto and Asian vegetable medley'. Nathan Sandy and Hayden Kremmer were also placed in the top three of this year's World Skills Event which was supported by the Department of Education and Training's Student to Industry Program. Awards and places will be presented at the end of the year, with the possibility of students competing in Perth in 2010. The event was the first of its kind for secondary schools and it was St Edmund's privilege to host the event. A big thank you to AC&R Commercial Catering Equipment for their support and sponsorship, and to Dean Parkes for convening such a mammoth event. Paula Moeller Head of Food Science Faculty On 10 September, St Edmund's College Hospitality Faculty was awarded the ACT Training Initiative Award and was a finalist in the Vocational Education Training in Schools Award (ACT) for 2009 for the outstanding training program delivered in the College's Hospitality Skills Centre. The faculty will now go on to the Australian Training Awards. Success is about making a difference to the students and to the community, and much of this would not be achievable without those who work behind the scenes. To Sharon McCoy and Marcia De Sousa, St Edmund's says a big 'Thank you!'. Paula Moeller and Dean Parkes Truffles raise money for cystic fibrosis On Friday 4 September, St Edmund's Hospitality/ Food Science students were involved in the Annual Cystic Fibrosis dinner held at RMC Duntroon hosted by Granitevale Estate and a number of LJ Hooker franchises in Canberra. Each year the food is provided by many Canberra restaurants donating their time to prepare and serve one course for the six- course function menu for 450 to 500 guests. This year, St Edmund's College Hospitality Faculty was asked to be a part of this event, in conjunction with highly regarded restaurants such as the National Press Club, Alto, CIT, Lambert Vineyards, Parliament House and the Royal Canberra Golf Club. Our students prepared the final petit fours course of assorted handmade truffle chocolates served on redwood platters proudly cut by one of the teachers, Mr Sorrentino. The event raised more than $140,000. A special appearance of Kayleb O'Connor (Yr 5) and Nathan Lumley (Yr 9) on stage with Kate Ceberano topped off a wonderful evening. Thank you to the following students who donated their time for the event: Kayleb O'Connor (Yr 5), Thomas Guthrie (Yr 8), Nathan Lumley (Yr 9), Andrew Rosetta (Yr 10), Joshua Brown (Yr 10), Adam McAlister (Yr 11), Matthew Haustead (Yr 11), Elie Maatouk Yr 11 and Brett Waslin (Yr 11). A special thank you to Dammika Hatharasinghe, the pastry chef/teacher from CIT who worked with our students and displayed his amazing chocolate working skills. Dean Parkes Co-ordinator Volunteer work can be fun A company of eight Eddie's boys recently joined forces with the Decca Building Group to give a hand to Tandem, a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting independence and growth for the aged and disabled members of our community. Many hours of hard labour saw our students ripping up carpets and demolishing the old office fit-out in anticipation of the relocation of the Tandem offices to Griffith, ACT. The boys all commented that doing volunteer work like this is fun. They particularly enjoyed breaking down an old kitchen. However, Nathan Dascarolis (Year 12) reminded us that volunteer work gives something back to our community. "The work Tandem does is important", he said. "It's good to feel like we are helping too." Jessica Draper-Jones Marketing Manager Students who received Gold in the Australian Federation Culinary Championships - ACT Chapter: Front L -- R: Alex McGrane and Joshua Brown Yr 10 and Elie Maatouk Yr 11. Back L-R: Jack Dunn and, Mitchell Kelly Yr 11, Andrew Rosetta Yr 10, Jordan Harrison Yr 12 and Nathan Sandy Yr 10. Absent: Brett Waslin and Hayden Kremmer Training is a winner