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Students' cooking fit for a MasterChef

North Regional TAFE commercial cookery students were put to the test when they ‘plated up’ for a MasterChef last week.

The students’ Torta Pasqualina – a spinach and egg tart – received a big thumbs up from reality cooking show finalist Tamara Graffen, who dropped into the Pearler’s Shed Training Restaurant in Broome on Tuesday to share words of wisdom from her MasterChef journey.

Tamara shed light on her once-in-a-lifetime experience, including the challenges faced during high-pressure cook-offs, the successes and the failures, and her dramatic career change following the show.

The former Broome engineering officer inspired students with her passion for the cooking industry, words of encouragement, and tips and tricks learnt throughout the show.

“There was a point in my life when the passion overtook my profession, and I had to consider a career change,” Tamara said.

“Being on MasterChef has taught me so much and I’ve learnt that if you can do something you love and get paid for it too, then you should be doing it!”

Tamara completed work experience at a Broome butcher prior to joining the show, and stressed to the budding chefs the importance of developing well-rounded skills.

“You have to be well-rounded and work experience really pays off here. I needed to improve my skills in working with protein and filleting fish and I did this through work experience at Tenderspot,” she said.

“If you don’t like a part of the job, you just need to put in the hard work and you will come to like it. You get better, and it is an amazing sense of achievement when you get it right.”

Tamara also shared tips on selecting and working with the right produce, valuable cookbook resources and various cooking techniques she had learnt along the way.

NRT Broome Training Manager Jeff Cooper highlighted the value of the visit for the students and the College.

“It was a great experience for the students to hear Tamara talk about her pathway through the MasterChef journey,” Jeff said.

“The shared stories of passion, hard work and technique were well-received and absolutely invaluable to the students.”

“It was a great experience for the students to hear Tamara talk about her pathway through the MasterChef journey,” Jeff said.

“The shared stories of passion, hard work and technique were well-received and absolutely invaluable to the students.”

Page last updated September 15, 2017