Students impress Culinary Challenge judges

Galen’s VET Hospitality students strutted their stuff last Thursday 21st June in the Murray River Culinary Challenge. The heat was on in the first round of the challenge, as students raced against the clock to each serve up three courses for judges to savour. Guest judge from Wangaratta’a Intermezzo Café, Dameon Holmes commented, “They’ve been really, really good this morning. After a few nerves at the start they’ve done an excellent job. They’ve shown some impressive presentation and there are students I’d be happy to employ.” Shane Crispin from North East Tracks LLEN also added, “Knife skills shown by the students has been outstanding. In my opinion the overall quality of food has been of a higher standard than previous years.”

A sense of relief was evident in the kitchen as students plated up their final course as they cleaned up and waited to hear the judges verdict.

In a very close contest, the top two students from Galen on the day were Maegan O’Halloran and Marlie Steen. Both worthy winners will now go on to compete against Wangaratta High School students and will be aiming for a place in the third round Regional Finals held locally at GoTAFE Tower Restaurant.

Congratulations to all of Galen’s VET Hospitality Certificate II & III students. You all exhibited some great skills and potential to make it as professionals in the industry.