Year 11 Hospitality Work Placement

In week ten, the last week of term two from 22 June 2015 to the 26 June 2015, Ms Benson’s two Year Eleven Hospitality Classes went on to complete Work Placement at  local establishments or fine-dining restaurants all over the St George District and in the city.

The girls went on to have the complete restaurant experience and understand what it is like to experience the daily roles and responsibilities of a chef; if they were to carry this particular career path after their schooling.

Activities completed by the girls included; learning and applying precision cuts, preparing and presenting food dishes, learning the correct ordering and stocking process, barista skills, experience food service styles e.g. buffet, bistro, fine dining and café and the acknowledgement of a range of cultures and what they bring to Australian society.

 

The girls were required to present themselves within workplace in their chef uniform and undertake tasks that a team member would usually undertake, for eight hours a day, five days a week to achieve forty hours experience, in completing their tafe course.

Overall the girls had a magnificent time on their work placement; raving about the new skills and tasks they experienced whilst on their work placement, which mainly consisted of enthusing about the amazing free lunch! The girls had a wonderful time and are beaming and more than enthusiastic for their next work placement. Great feedback was given to the Hospitality department about the girls and how wonderful they were!!

 

The local establishments and/or fine dining restaurants that the hospitality girls attended included; Club Central Menai, Sealevel Cronulla, Café Sul Hurstville, Café Twelve Gymea, Cronulla Leagues Club, Cronulla RSL, St. George Motor Boat Club Sans Souci, Diyalo Foodland & Bar Kogarah, Doltone House Sylvania Waters, Engadine Tavern Bistro, St George Hospital Kogarah, Left Bower Sutherland, Novotel Brighton Beach, Quay West Sydney The Rocks, Rydges Cronulla, Shangrila Hotel The Rocks, Sizzler Kogarah, Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Mascot, The Laughing Goat Café Kogarah and Two Figs Café Cronulla.

Brooke Cibalevski and Jennifer Barros 

On Wednesday 24th June Tyla and I began our hospitality placement at Doltone House Sylvania. It was a fantastic learning experience and opportunity to put our skills into practise and increase our knowledge of the industry’s procedures and practices. Our ability to work with others and adjust to the work environment was undoubtedly tested when walking into a kitchen with six male chefs. However, we settled into the hard working and very knowledgeable team. Skills we gained and developed included; increased cookery terminology, teamwork, preparing food commercial quantities of food such as the 500 arancini balls that we rolled and crumbed, following enterprise Workplace Health and Safety procedures and Hygiene and food safety practices. These skills will help us further complete my course back at school when completing a practical period where our ability to work as a team will be heightened and hygiene procedures can be practiced at an increased level. Our favourite part of the week was plating desserts for a school formal and two weddings. We also believe that it was a great opportunity to explore my possible career path.

Eilish McIntyre and Tyla Fawcett