Cooks complete course

Lae News, Normal

THE suspension of classes at Lae Technical College did not stop nine apprentice cooks from undergoing their final practical examinations.
The four males and five females, graduates of the college’s year-long catering course, came from companies including Air Niugini, Coral Sea Hotels and Nationwide Catering Services to complete the 16-week course.
The apprentice cook’s course has two blocks – the first eight weeks was taught last year in term two.
Last Friday, the students wrapped up the second eight weeks in block two with a practical examination.After completion of the second block of the course, the students would be required to go back to their respective employers for the final assessment by the National Apprentice Trade Testing Board (NATTB), before they could be awarded their trade certificates.
The college’s head of tourism and hospitality Paul Tlogua said the students had passed all theoretical and practical requirements.
Mr Tlogua said their practical exam last Friday required the students to budget, cook and present their menus.
Six members of the community were invited to be assessors.
Three were from the industry.
Assessment and judging lasted from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at the campus’ Ahi Restaurant.
The students presented different menus consisting of the starters, the main course, vegetables and desert. Each student was assessed for their presentation, texture, taste, colour and creativity.
They were awarded a score of A to F depending on how well they prepared and presented their meal.