Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Revolutionary Course Helps Mould Aspiring Master Chefs; Gympie TAFE Students Learn from Best in the Industry

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Revolutionary Course Helps Mould Aspiring Master Chefs; Gympie TAFE Students Learn from Best in the Industry

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TAFE master chef Darren Sandrini pretty much always knew he wanted to be a chef.

aMy mother was always in the kitchen. I was always in there with her,a he said.

aThe great thing about Italian heritage was that my father was often in there as well, so it was okay to see a man in the kitchen.

aFrom the age of 10, I always knew I wanted to be a chef,a he said.

And if you think you must have seen Mr Sandrini somewhere before, you might just be right.

A classically trained chef with 27 years experience in the hospitality industry, he is now in the business of passing on that skill and experience to others.

That experience includes work with Sheraton Hotels in Perth and Noosa (for the grand opening) and at the Gold Coast Mirage. He was head chef for Omeros Bros and owner/chef of his own successful Sunshine Coast restaurant.

And that just about covers everything a a la carte dining, buffet/functions, patisserie, wedding cakes and, just to top things off, students can also learn some extras, like how to sculpt and carve fruit and vegetables, ice, margarine and chocolate.

Mr Sandrini has won gold medals for those artistic endeavours throughout his career.

And you may have seen him demonstrating aslow fooda cooking at the Gympie Show, where he set out to ademystify cookinga.

But for seven years, he has been moving towards teaching cooking and hospitality to young aspiring master chefs at TAFE colleges on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and now, here at Wide Bay TAFE in Gympie.

The Gympie Times caught him in what must be a rare moment between duties, after one of his certificate classes in the Gympie TAFE's fully equipped commercial kitchen.

He spoke about the training revolution he is developing to help Gympie region restaurants, cafes and hotels get the best out of their trainees and apprentices. …

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