Guest chefs sweeten the deal at Wodonga TAFE

Guest chefs sweeten the deal at Wodonga TAFE

By Brandt Johnson
06 Feb 2017

Patisserie students at Wodonga TAFE are set to experience a sweet year as they learn from the best pastry chefs and chocolatiers in the business. Geoffrey Michael form Geoffrey Michael Patissier and Kirsten Tibbells, director of Melbourne’s Savour Chocolate School, are both set to pass on their world-renowned expertise to students in 2017.

As the dessert craze sweeps the nation with chefs like Adriano Zumbo and Anna Polyviou taking the stage to show their amazing talents, more and more people are choosing to follow their dreams and gain a qualification in Patisserie.

Wodonga TAFE are the only provider in the region to deliver the qualification. At Wodonga TAFE students will have the opportunity to learn from the industry’s finest in a purpose-built kitchen having undergone a complete renovation over the summer months.

Local celebrity chef, Geoffery Michael will teach students the tricks of the trade as they create his famous chocolate Eiffel Tower and Macarons as part of their Certificate III in Patisserie studies. Students will then have an opportunity to display their new skills at a High Tea hosted at The Valleys in October.

Kirsten Tibbells will host an exclusive chocolate and petite gateaux masterclass for students in June. Tibbells is one of Australia’s most celebrated and internationally respected pastry chefs and chocolatiers, titled ‘the queen of chocolate’ by Masterchef.

Wodonga TAFE’s cookery teacher Sarah Whitling is excited with the offering for 2017 saying, “This is an amazing opportunity for anyone wanting to study Patisserie. It’s not often that we have two prestigious guest chefs teaching our very own students.”

“Students will get to create their own masterpieces under the guidance of world renowned chefs…it doesn’t get much better than that,” Mrs Whitling added.

Whitling mentioned that a recent graduate has opened a patisserie and café in Rutherglen named Zest Studio. “They create some of the best cakes and desserts in the region…it really does show that you can build success in this industry in this region with the right skills.

If you are interested in making your dough in patisserie contact the TAFE directly, or head to their website for more information. Wodonga TAFE are now taking enrolments for the Certificate III in Patisserie for 2017.