Students showcase skills at Hollywood-themed Industry night

Tuesday, 01 July 2008

Students from Challenger TAFE’s Diploma of Hospitality recently planned and hosted a fabulous 1920’s Hollywood-themed award evening to showcase their skills.

Business executives from the Hospitality Industry were invited to the College’s Quinlan’s Training Restaurant in Beaconsfield to witness the students’ skills in cocktail-making, drinks service and food preparation.

The evening gave the students the opportunity to mingle with guests and make contacts for future employment in the industry.

Guests were given a 1920’s inspired red carpet welcome; complete with flashing cameras and the dulcet tones of a talented young singer. Each guest was greeted and offered a cocktail or mocktail made by a student.

The Hollywood glamour theme continued throughout the restaurant. The students wore black and white, the room was decorated with silk drape hangings and black and white balloons covered the ceiling.

Bright lights lit up an ice sculpture of the famous Hollywood sign and the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s was screened silently in the background. A three-piece jazz band played whilst a living statue amused the guests with his antics.

Students made and served beautiful canapés, garlic prawns and delicious crepes. Guests were then tempted by a collection of mouth-watering desserts.

Throughout the evening, guests were kept busy with guided tours led by students through the hospitality classrooms. Students showed guests around the wine laboratory where wine and cheese tastings were offered.

Guests were also able to bid on a variety of donated items in a silent auction.

The evening was a great success and a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate all the industry-relevant skills they had learnt in their studies.

The Diploma of Hospitality course is run at Challenger TAFE’s Fremantle (Beaconsfield) Campus and provides management training and qualifications for those wishing to pursue a management or supervisory career in the hospitality or tourism industry, and is also a pathway to further studies at university.

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