Wodonga TAFE to host Mark Olive Masterclass

Wodonga TAFE to host Mark Olive Masterclass

By Susan Burdett
15 Aug 2017

Renowned Indigenous chef, Mark Olive, will be conducting a special Masterclass with 12 students on campus today at Wodonga TAFE. Mark will teach the students how to cook with indigenous ingredients in the Masterclass to be held on Tuesday 15 August, from 9.30am-3pm, in Building G at Wodonga TAFE’s McKoy Street campus. Mark Olive

Participants in the Masterclass are taking part in an 18 week program, run in conjunction with Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation and Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare. The students are enrolled in Certificate II in Hospitality and are learning ‘back of house’ and food preparation skills, as well as producing readymade meals for their community. The students are learning how to incorporate indigenous ingredients such as bush tomato, lemon myrtle, wattle seed, mountain pepper leaf, quandong and saltbush into modern day cookery.  

Wodonga TAFE’s Cookery and Patisserie Teacher, Ms Sarah Whitling, said that students in the class earlier this week made 300 bulk meals.

“With ingredients initially sourced from Food Share, the students made the meals which were then returned to Food Share and then to Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation, to be distributed to people within the community”, said Ms Whitling.

This initiative is supported by the Victorian Government, through the ‘Back to Work’ program.

Mark Olive is a celebrated Indigenous chef, with his television series ‘The Outback Café’ shown internationally, demonstrating his passion for combining native and indigenous Australian ingredients with contemporary cooking techniques. More information on Mark Olive is available via http://www.blackolive.net.au/mark-olive-bio/