Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge

Each year the Australian Culinary Federation (ACF) conducts a cooking competition for secondary school students in each Australian state.

The aim is to give students an insight into the hospitality industry and to identify and encourage those who demonstrate a talent and a passion for cooking. It also opens the door for future training and employment.

This annual project saw Rotary Adelaide West Club working in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln to sponsor two teams of 2 students from Port Lincoln High School to compete at Regency Park TAFE on 27th May 2016.

Following this first competition, the international challenge is then held in October in conjunction with the National Apprentice competition at Campbeltown NSW.

Running since 2004, the International Secondary School Culinary Challenge (ISSCC) enables young culinary students to engage in cultural exchanges whilst expanding their professional and personal development in their field of hospitality studies.

The ISSCC is an annual event run by the Australian Culinary Federation in conjunction with The World Federation of Chefs. This involves secondary schools from countries including New Zealand, Japan, Tahiti, Taipei, Canada,New Caledonia, China and of course Australia.

ACF (SA) has been working really hard to ensure that students from South Australia get the opportunity to participate in this, too.

Students compete in teams of two to create four identical main courses within an hour time frame.

They are expected to demonstrate good kitchen skills, hygiene, work flow and organization.

2016 saw around 50 students competing in South Australia's competition, from all over the state, including: Mt Gambier High School, Penola High School, Port Lincoln High School, Kadina Memorial School and Gladstone High, plus a number of teams from Adelaide metro.

We are delighted to announce that both of our 2016 Port Lincoln High School teams received Silver Awards at the 27th May competition at Regency Park TAFE!

Two of the students have already identified their desire to forge ahead with their culinary careers and are now in discussions with two local Pt Lincoln chefs who also are keen to mentor them, with the view of gaining invaluable work experience and possible apprenticeships around Port Lincoln!

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