On Monday night, the iconic Stuzzichino Restaurant was a hive of activity, after being taken over by hospitality students from Georges River Grammar School.
The night represented the end of their week-long work placement at Bankstown Sports, in partnership with Macarthur Work Placement (MWLP). 60 family, teachers and special guests attended the evening and were treated to a 4-course Italian Feast – completely prepared, cooked and served by the Georges River Grammar students.
Preparation for the meal had commenced at 1pm, with guests invited to commence their dining experience from 6:30pm. Crumbed Olives stuffed with feta cheese and Vegetarian Arancini kicked off the night and gave just a small taste of the supreme level of skills and techniques to be demonstrated, with each item freshly prepared by the group.
Entrée was an alternate serve of Grilled Haloumi topped with crushed hazelnuts and lemon dressing and scrumptious Traditional Italian Meatballs cooked in a red sauce. Next a Slow Braised Lamb Ragu was offered, alongside Grilled Chicken in a complex mushroom sauce. Exceptional!
Dessert topped off the night, with Pavlova and berries alternated with a divine Vanilla Panna Cotta.
The vision for the night was simple – to give students a chance to gain some real work experience. Michael Everett from MLWP says “work placement is more than peeling carrots, its about seeing how the carrots make it to the final plate”. Jessie from Georges River Grammar School addressed the attendees at the end of the night, thanking all Kitchen Hands and Chefs for their support. Jessie states “It has been an invaluable experience and one we will truly remember and be grateful for”. “We are honoured to be able to be the first group to host such a special evening”.
The program has been able to demonstrate the invaluable community benefit of Clubs being able to provide real-life opportunities and experiences to the workforce of tomorrow. Mark Condi, Bankstown Sports CEO recognises the strength and mutual benefits of these programs – “to see the enthusiasm and sense of achievement throughout the whole night really resonated with me – we are able to offer experiences to students that will help prepare them for the workforce but also give them confidence to pursue further hospitality studies. I hope to see more of these students amongst our kitchen teams of the future”.
Special thank you to staff from Georges River Grammar School, MWLP and Bankstown Sports for making the program possible. Future comparable initiatives are planned.