DISHING UP: Tien Si Nguyen, Editha Stone and Santosh Khadka, from Nepal, who has been learning training techniques.
DISHING UP: Tien Si Nguyen, Editha Stone and Santosh Khadka, from Nepal, who has been learning training techniques. Contributed

Nepalese chef adds training tips to his menu via TAFE stint

A NEW program developed by North Coast TAFE has given Nepalese chef Santosh Khadka the chance to learn skills which he can take back to his community.

Mr Khadka grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal, and until recently had never dreamt of having the opportunity to see the world, train in an exotic location or become an internationally qualified trainer.

But through a new program offered by North Coast TAFE and Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Education, he is developing his knowledge of the industry.

He will complete a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and has been able to sit in on commercial cookery classes to learn methods to take home and develop his teaching procedures.

This has allowed him to adapt to Australian practices and become an internationally recognised trainer.

"It has been a precious time and I have learnt so many things I wish to take home and implement into my work," he said.

"What I like most about TAFE is that they are professional, planned, organised and have great infrastructure.

"This makes my journey so much simpler."

Tourism and Hospitality head teacher at Wollongbar TAFE, Mary Allen, said the collaboration between international trainers was a "great step towards building fantastic, unique relationships with international training companies".

"It provides a great opportunity to help the Nepalese cookery industry upskill and grow," Ms Allen said.



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