Students and industry meet over coffee

Tuesday, 09 September 2008

This year’s annual Barista Challenge at Forté Mandurah Quay gave Challenger TAFE hospitality students a fantastic opportunity to mingle with potential employers from the industry.

Whilst competitors from local cafés and restaurants concocted cappuccinos, lattés and speciality drinks for judging, students from the College’s Certificates III and IV in Hospitality and Tourism helped with the running of the event.

“This is a great event to be involved in,” said student and trainee at Forté Hospitality, Jamie-Lee Cable. 

“It gives us a real insight into organising an event, as well as the chance to meet with café and restaurant owners and managers.”

Students independently ensured the day’s smooth proceedings by preparing the trolleys and equipment for the competitors, organising music, timing the competitors and looking after guests.

“We would not be able to hold this event without the students,” said Forté Hospitality’s Tanya Forsyth.

“The behind-the-scenes work they put into the day is invaluable.”

Challenger TAFE hospitality graduate, Bianca Savell, had spent previous years helping organise the event, but this time around was competing. Now employed with Mandurah restaurant, Scusi, she said the event was vital for allowing students to gain contacts and find work in the industry.

Surrounded by judges and spectators, Bianca demonstrated her skills as a barista whilst explaining the process and the types of beans she had chosen to use.

The Mandurah Barista Challenge not only helps students meet potential employers, it also builds the profile of the hospitality industry and brings people to the region.

“Today is great for everyone – it brings together hospitality students with a high standard of training and the best of the region’s hospitality industry,” said Challenger TAFE Hospitality Lecturer, Nada Lubay. 

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