I HAD no trouble eating the bourride of snapper, the pulled lamb shoulder in buttermilk jus or the purple corn jelly with pisco sour sorbet. I am, however, having trouble describing those culinary creations served up at TAFE’s return of the Chefs of the Shoalhaven dinner.
Perhaps it’s an opportunity to let the photos do the talking.
Tuesday night’s degustation menu was the ultimate showcase of what six of the region’s best chefs can produce when teamed up with TAFE students from Food and Beverage and Events Management.
Most of the 85 diners who were spoilt by the six mains, one pre-dessert, one dessert, two petit fours and matching local wines were unaware of the challenges in the kitchen.
Staff, students and chefs were on the go from 6am to create the 850 dishes.
In this game, timing is everything, even more so when it involves almost everything from slow cooked lamb to raw sashimi.
However, that timing was thrown out the window when a serious car accident near Bewong closed the Princes Highway on Tuesday morning.
The closure meant some of the chefs and students from the southern Shoalhaven did not arrive until early afternoon.
The chefs and students already in the kitchen dealing with their daunting workload pitched in and started preparation for their colleague’s dishes.
It had the potential for disaster but the diners were none the wiser.
The drama and how professionally it was handled highlighted the pride local chefs have in their industry and the importance they place on its future – the students.
In Destiny’s dining room the Diploma of Events Management students weaved their way between tables delivering the mouth-watering morsels.
Their performance meshed seamlessly with the replacement of glasses and the wine service provided by Certificate 3 Food and Beverage students.
Each chef described their creations to the diners.
By the end of the night the room was filled with pride for all those involved in bringing the event together.
Chefs of the Shoalhaven is now an annual fixture on the region’s social calendar. To see more photos from the night visit our website www.southcoast-register.com.au.