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Learners get a taste of hospitality careers

Hillcrest High School Consumer Studies learners got the chance to explore the 1000 Hills Chef School during their recent visit.

HILLCREST High School Grade 10 Consumer Studies learners recently visited the 1000 Hills Chef School. The school outing was to give the learners the opportunity to meet past learners who are pursuing a career in the hospitality industry, as well as experience fine dining.

School principal Denise Knight said this is important for their learners to have exposure to the workplace and particularly in their area of interest.

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“For our Consumer Studies learners, we are fortunate to have the ideal place right on our doorstep where they can experience a working chef school, understand what goes on in the kitchen and front of house, and learn the etiquette of fine dining,” she said.

The outing included a tour of the kitchen and classroom facilities, a delicious three-course sit-down meal and a session in which restaurant basics were explained. From which knife to use for fish to what to do with your napkin or serviette when you excuse yourself from your table, and how to break your bread roll, the learners were given an overview of how to behave when out for a meal.

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A bonus on the day was an opportunity to meet past HHS pupils, Catherine Graham and Matthew Legemaate, who are currently studying and working at 1000 Hills Chef School. Graham will be qualified at the end of the year and hopes to work as a chef on a cruise ship. Legemaate, who is in his first year of chef training, plans to set up a private-chef catering business and has a long-term dream of opening a restaurant in the United Kingdom.

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