The Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) at Torrens University last month welcomed the winners of Austrade’s Taste of Australia culinary competition from Vietnam to experience what it’s like to study at the number 1 hotel management school in Australia and Asia Pacific.
In April this year, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) held Taste of Australia, its first ever integrated Australian food and beverage promotion across Vietnam. Through a range of targeted events, Taste of Australia was designed to provide a springboard to introduce more Australian food and beverage products to consumers and industry in Vietnam.
BMIHMS at Torrens University, along with William Blue College of Hospitality Management, were approached to partner with Austrade for the Taste of Australia culinary competition at GRAIN Cooking Studio on 15 April. 14 contestants divided into seven teams representing SaigonTourist Hotel School, KOTO, Á Âu Cooking School and Netspace battled it out for the chance to travel to Australia and sharpen their culinary skills and knowledge of the hospitality industry at two of the most reputable schools in the country.
Judges included Taste of Australia ambassador and Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, Vietnamese-Australian Masterchef winner Ngo Thanh Hoa and Australian Consul-General Karen Lanyon, who shared their experiences and expertise with the students as they battled through three demanding rounds: a skills test, a mystery box challenge and a replication test.
At the Taste of Australia Gala Reception on 21 April the winners of the first ever Taste of Australia Culinary Competition were announced to be the team from Á Âu Cooking School – Le Ngoc Hung and Nguyen Thanh Khoan.
The winners undertook their trip to Australia from 18 – 23 July, visiting both the BMIHMS at Torrens University Leura Campus and the William Blue campus at The Rocks. Whilst in Leura, they undertook a career development session and gained hands on experience in the kitchen, before moving on to William Blue, where they took part in wine studies and gained insight into kitchen operations at William Blue’s kitchen in Crow’s Nest and at the college’s award winning student training restaurant, William Blue Dining.
Laureate Australia & New Zealand General Manager (Hospitality), Jerome Casteigt, said:
“It was an incredible opportunity for both BMIHMS and William Blue to be involved in such a wonderful global initiative. So many of our students come from all over the world to study with us, so we’re thrilled to be able to share our learning models with the competition winners and give them some tangible, hands on experience that they will be able to take back with them to Vietnam and apply to their own careers. We look forward to participating in future Austrade initiatives and continuing to raise the profile of Australia all around the globe.”