Students showcase Yarra Valley gourmet delights

Yarra Valley’s stunning culinary delights were showcased to perfection at a recent Yarra Ranges Linking Learning dinner, thanks to the magnificent master cheffing of four students from Certificate II in Kitchen Operations and their trainer Jeannette.

“Everyone raved about the food, the students were awesome in the way they catered for about 50 people who enjoyed the evening,” said Gus Seremetis, CEO Cire Services.

Students can undertake Certificate II in Kitchen Operations as part of the VET program in VCE. The course,

Linking Learning dinner delights prepared by the students

Linking Learning dinner delights prepared by the students

delivered by Cire Training in conjunction with Upper Yarra Secondary College (UYSC), provides an excellent stepping stone to career prospects in the hospitality industry in the region or much further afield.

The course is. It is based at the Trade Training Centre commercial kitchen at UYSC which offers training for students from the Yarra Valley VET Cluster.

Cire Training has proactively negotiated catering jobs for students so they gain structured workplace experiences with paying customers. Cire school buses are used to help overcome local transport issues, particularly in the evenings.

Linking Learning dinner prepared by Kitchen Operations students

Left to right – Paige, Alice, Jeanette (Trainer), Shae and Lilybeth

After a term’s study for three of the four students, the group presented the wonderful array of Yarra Valley foods (pictured) at the Linking Learning dinner. Ingredients were sourced from Sanders Orchard, Gladysdale and Three Bridges, Victorian Strawberry Fields in Silvan, the Smokery in Lilydale, Yarra Valley Dairy, Yarra Glen and the Flying Apron in Wesburn.

The students will be providing further community support throughout the year with a range of catering jobs which involve cooking, presenting and serving food to support a variety of events. These will include a pop-up café at Chirnside Community Hub on the last Wednesday of the month, community dinners held at the Cire Community School church, Cire Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) at Yarra Junction, and the Biggest Morning Tea  

Make sure you look out for one of these events near you.

If you would like to know more about Cire Training call 1300 835 235