Celebrity chef helps Camden High students prepare a feast

Dozens of Macarthur locals were treated to a fantastic three-course meal today, thanks to the talented teens at Camden High School.

Celebrity chef Luke Mangan stopped by the school this morning to help the kids prepare a sumptuous feast for a room for of special guests.

The event – called The Long Lunch – was organised by MWLP with Benchmarque and HTN, and was designed to give hospitality students from years 9 to 12 practical experience in a kitchen and serving environment.

Mr Mangan, who runs Glass brasserie at the Sydney Hilton and several other restaurants around the globe, addressed the students in the morning, inspiring kids to pursue careers in the culinary industry.

He then helped them prepare six different meals.

The students involved

The students involved

A group of 32 year 11 and 12 students – and two year 10 students – prepared and cooked the menu, while a further 37 year 9 and 10 students acted as waitstaff.

The children served two entree dishes (pumpkin soup and calamari), two mains (pork chop and chicken breast) and two desserts (deconstructed pavlova and white chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet).

Guests – which included the students’ parents, representatives from several local and state hospitality organisations, community organisations and media – were treated to fruit punch as well as tea and coffee and were each directed to their seats by young floor staff.

The Long Lunch was held at Camden High School for the first time last year and Sue Scobie from MWLP is hoping it can become an annual tradition.

“We’re also looking to get more schools involved,” she said.