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Seven Aboriginal women who are studying their Certificate III in Hospitality at Wilcannia TAFE will be travelling to Western Australia for the West Australian Food Festival, Kambarang.
The week-long event will explore modern commercial cooking techniques for traditional indigenous bush fare. One of the highlights for the TAFE students will be meeting celebrity chef Mark Olive. They will also be working alongside other world-class chefs throughout the festival.
"This is a life-changing opportunity for these seven ladies to get to attend Kambarang," TAFE Western Tourism and Hospitality teacher Lee Cecchin told the Barrier Daily Truth. "It will give (them) the chance to adopt traditional and modern cooking techniques, provide them with real life experience in restaurant situations, teach them to think on their feet and develop their problem-solving skills."
During the visit, the students will also participate in activities that relate to their TAFE studies. This will include learning about workplace health and safety and participating in cooking master classes. They will also attend an indigenous cultural walk.
The group of women is known locally as the Barka Nhuungka's, which translates into "I River Women"."Hard work has earned these students this exciting opportunity to work with some of the best chefs in the world and I'm expecting them to do their local small community of Wilcannia very proud," said Adam Bennett, acting TAFE NSW Western Director.