VET Hospitality and Agriculture students had the experience of a lifetime last Friday working alongside the food industry’s finest at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show.

Hospitality students worked side by side with Nick and Sonia Anthony and the staff of Masons of Bendigo to serve over 300 diners at the Women of Wool luncheon.

BSSC’s Food Technology Coordinator, Sue Maillard, said it was an amazing opportunity for students to be mentored in a commercial kitchen setting.

“To work with Nick and Sonia and draw on their 20 years of industry experience is just incredible for our students,” she said. “They come away with a genuine experience of working in a commercial kitchen, complete with all the pressure of serving such a large crowd of diners. The tips and observations they pick up from Masons’ staff along the way are invaluable.”

Sonia Anthony said the restaurant loves the relationship it has formed with BSSC.

“We know that many of the students are way out of their depth in this situation, but they always have a go and do incredibly well,” she said. “We just love working with them, and look forward to doing it all again next year.”

Over in the Agriculture pavilions our Certificate II Agriculture students prepared their sheep for showing, taking out the prize for the “Ewe under one year in the Open Polwarth Section.”

BSSC students also attended the Ross McKenzie Trusteeship program, participating in a wonderful learning opportunity on topics including:

  • On-farm butchering – featuring a demonstration by ‘Bob the Butcher
  • Lamb Mortalities – DPI Autopsy Demonstration
  • Safe use of agricultural, veterinary and farm chemical products and
  • Controlling internal parasites by Virbac Aust.