Alisha helps put smiles on children’s faces for one big day

Alisha Marshall, a retail baking student at North Metro TAFE, has been helping create treasured memories for some very special children.

Volunteering her services for the last 18 months, Alisha has been coordinating the WA section of Cake Angels, a network that donates custom designed celebration cakes to children with serious medical challenges such as terminal illness, intellectual or physical disability, or victims of domestic violence or living in underprivileged circumstances.

Cake Angels, Alisha, plus her fellow student, have been working with support groups including Ronald McDonald House, HeartKids and Starlight Foundation, to organise a sweets table for over 3000 kids at the Perth Special Children’s Christmas Party.

Justifiably, Alisha is very proud of what she has been able to achieve.

“All the students and lecturers time, plus all the ingredients and equipment, have been kindly donated,” Alisha said. “Special thanks go to Patrick Contreras from Allied Mills, Heath Earls of Pinnacle and Tony Mitchell from Bakels Australia for their support and effort to bring these kids an experience they will never forget.”

The Perth Special Children’s Christmas Party is held at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre on Saturday 19 November.

To see what an amazing day it will be, check out last year’s event at http://www.sccpau.com.au/perth and go to http://www.cakeangels.org.au

Japanese students get a taste of Perth’s culinary scene

A Japanese study group from Kagawa College of Culinary and Confectionery Arts (KCCCA) undertook a four-week study tour to North Metropolitan TAFE in Joondalup recently during their summer break.

The group of fifteen 19-20 year old students enjoyed two weeks of cookery classes; one week of English language classes; and one week on work placement at various restaurants at the Crown Casino Complex.

North Metro TAFE’s Director of Hospitality Patrick O’Brien said the program is designed to teach the students new skills and techniques that differ from those used in Japan.

“They get to cook with an abundance of different local foods such as Kangaroo, truffles and Marron and get to view demonstrations by industry experts in butchery of a lamb and breaking down and portioning various fish species, for example.”

During their stay in Perth, students were billeted out to homestay families across the northern suburbs where they got to experience the Australian culture and easy going lifestyle first hand.

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KCCCA student Rina Mikami enjoyed her four-week stay in Perth and said the highlight was getting to work in one of Perth’s top restaurants at Crown Perth.

“It was a challenge to understand the different accents of English spoken by international staff at restaurants, but the working atmosphere was so much fun,” said Rina.

“Prior learning in TAFE kitchen and English classes certainly helped me working in the busy kitchens.”

KCCCA Principal Mitsuo Furukawa travelled to Perth with the study group for a 3-day visit where he got the opportunity to participate in cookery classes and see the students in action.

“It was a pleasure to meet staff and see the students learning new and different methods of cooking including sous vide and pasta machine, using unfamiliar and interesting food material. More individual teaching such as completing and presenting a plate on their own was thoroughly enjoyed. ”

This partnership between KCCCA and North Metro TAFE is in its third year, with the popularity of the program and student numbers continuing to increase.

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