Working in a restaurant on a busy night is not for the faint-hearted.
But the frenetic pace of a full-time job in the food industry won’t bother commercial cookery and hospitality students from Wollongong TAFE once they finish their studies.
They will have had ample time to practise their dicing and paring, drink pouring and pleasant banter at TwentyTwenty, the training restaurant on campus.
For the second time in a row, the restaurant has been named the best restaurant in a regional training institute at the 2013 Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering HostPlus Awards for Excellence. The awards cover businesses in regional and Sydney metropolitan areas.
While it is used as a training facility for hospitality and commercial cookery students, TwentyTwenty operates as a commercial restaurant open to the public two nights a week.
Food, beverage and hospitality teacher Chris van der Wall said the award was a testament to the work the students and teachers put into the restaurant.
‘‘We like to ensure all the students who come through here have a high level of confidence and the skills to match, and feel comfortable in this working environment,’’ he said.
Hospitality student Brittney Lott works at the restaurant on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and said it gave her a good idea of what to expect once she entered the industry.
Her thoughts were echoed by former hospitality management student and industry mentor Aaron vom Bruch, who scored a job at the Chifley Hotel after its executive chef noticed his skills on the dining room floor when eating there one night.
He said while the technical skills of service were important, the best thing he learnt during his time at TwentyTwenty was how to add flair to his service delivery.