Three courses of success

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

It’s been a delicious year for Challenger Institute of Technology’s School of Hospitality and Tourism who secured a trifecta in the state’s best known hospitality and tourism awards.

The Institute’s Quinlan’s Training Restaurant secured a coveted place in the WA Gold Plate Awards Prix D’Honneur and also won its third consecutive Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering HOSTPLUS Award for Excellence (WA).

The most recent achievement of the school was its induction into the WA Tourism Awards Hall of Fame at the WA Tourism Awards after winning three successive gold medals.

Challenger Institute hospitality and tourism program manager Leo Smith said Challenger was the only registered training organisation in the state to have won this honour.

“Quinlan's has claimed an impressive five Gold Plate Awards, in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012, which is a fantastic and unique achievement for the institute,” Mr Smith said.

“The quality of our training is second-to-none, and it is fitting that our hospitality, tourism and events staff and students receive this highest level of recognition for their hard work and dedication.

“Our training restaurant is very popular with the local community and we are constantly receiving good reviews for our service and the high quality of food provided. It’s not uncommon for the restaurant to be booked out several weeks in advance.”

The tourism and events division of the school also receives its fair share of recognition.

A large group of events and tourism students and lecturers were recently selected to participate (as volunteers) in the annual Margaret River Gourmet Escape, which is the most popular food and wine festival in the state.

“This is the second year in a row the students have asked to be involved in the festival and complements their participation in various other high-profile events held throughout the year,” Mr Smith said.

Challenger’s award-winning Quinlan’s Training Restaurant is based at the Fremantle campus and is open for lunch and dinner during institute semesters. Café Q, located on Fremantle’s High Street, is also open for a café-style lunch during semesters.

Applications are now open for full time hospitality, tourism and events study at Challenger Institute next year.
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