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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
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.