APPRENTICE chefs are plating up a delectable menu while hospitality students manage the floor at the new TAFE Queensland Gold Coast student-run restaurant in Southport.
Over $75k was invested into the TAFE Hospitality Hub on Nerang Street mall with state-of-the-art training kitchens and a modern restaurant frontage offering a la carte dining to the public.
The fully licensed contemporary style restaurant is open during the academic semester for lunch weekdays from 12pm and for dinner dinners on selected evenings.
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Cookery teacher, Bradly Clark, said the restaurant is not for profit as it is designed specifically to support and carter to the students learning needs.
"The restaurant was established to solely enhance the students learning environment and to provide them with real world practical experience," said Clark.
"It is completely operated by students studying cookery, hospitality and events with supervision and guidance from the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Hospitality and Cookery team."
The Hospitality Hub offers a different menu each day depending on the availability of fresh local produce and the students training requirements.
Patrons can choose from a number of dining options with $20.00 getting diners a three course lunch or dinner.
The Hospitality Hub expands on the existing TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Southport campus on Scarborough Street and will ensure students receive quality training and practical skills delivered in a first-class training environment.
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast opened the new facility to cater for the growing number of hospitality and cookery enrolments which has reached over 200 this year.
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager, Jenny Dodd said the opening of the new location in Southport was an exciting milestone for the Gold Coast and a proactive response to the growing needs of the hospitality industry.
"The economic importance of the hospitality sector in this growing and multicultural region, cannot be understated, particularly with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games just two years away," Ms Dodd said.
"As the state's leading training provider it is our responsibility to ensure all of our students graduate with the practical and industry focused skills needed to succeed, and to provide a positive contribution to the growing needs of the Gold Coast economy."
Anyone interested in dining at the Hospitality Hub must make a booking by calling TAFE Queensland Gold Coast on (07) 5581 8470.