Hospitality and Tourism – Alumni News


Top Marx – NMIT apprentice chef wins trip to Paris

Congratulations to our recent Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) graduate Beth Candy, who has been awarded a Thierry Marx Career Development award! Beth has won a month’s work experience with Michelin Starred chef Thierry Marx at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris, return airfares to France, one month’s accommodation, and $1,500 spending money.

Student Suzanne Waghorn awarded Whittlesea Community Award

Congratulations to Suzanne Waghorn, who has been awarded the Whittlesea Community Connections International Women’s Day Award for Personal Achievement. Suzanne, despite losing her vision to diabetes 11 years ago, completed a Certificate IV of Massage Therapy Practice and has gone onto further study at NMIT and volunteer work at Medina Manor.

Hands-on learning leads the way at NMIT says Hospitality trade magazine

NMIT’s outstanding education and training was featured in the Winter 2012 edition of Clubs and Pubs Manager magazine. The feature story prominently details the hands-on practical education and training that NMIT offers to apprentices and students in hospitality and cookery.

Hospitality Management degree students in Finland

NMIT’s Bachelor of Hospitality Management program now has a student exchange agreement in place with the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland. This agreement offers local students an exciting opportunity to spend six months in Finland while furthering their studies. The reciprocal agreement will also see Finnish students coming to study at NMIT.

Student’s Belly Dancing Passion Inspires Award-Winning Tour

Advanced Diploma of Tourism student, Jessica Soultani’s passion for Middle-Eastern culture and belly dancing helped secure her an award at the Melbourne Airport Developing Tourism Leaders (DTL) Awards. 

St Georges Restaurant receives “Award of Excellence”

The Restaurant and Catering Award of Excellence is a national competition which recognises outstanding restaurant and catering operators. NMIT’s St Georges Restaurant was nominated in the “Best Restaurant in Training Institute” category and was one of four finalists in this section for 2011. 

NMIT cookery apprentices win TAFE Cookery Challenge

First class training and teamwork were the key to success when NMIT cookery apprentices turned a mystery box of ingredients into a gold medal in the Victorian TAFE Cookery Challenge. One of Victoria's most prestigious team events for apprentices, the win represents a significant milestone in the early stages of the Hospitality careers  for Team Captain and Rockpool apprentice, Keelan Gallogly and his teammates. They reproduced their winning menu at the last Master Chef dinner held in September.

NMIT wins the Great Bendigo Chop Off

In a bit of TAFE rivalry NMIT Hospitality and Meat processing students have won the Great Chop Off title defeating students from the Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE (BRIT). Part of the Bendigo Festival of Lamb, the teams were given 35 minutes to turn a hanging lamb carcass from Erindale Farm into a plate of lamb chops. Read about the competition in the Bendigo Advertiser: BRIT students lose their chops

NMIT’s own Master Chef Dinner Series 2011

Throughout 2011, NMIT’s Hospitality and Tourism Department have hosted some of Melbourne’s top chefs during their Master Chef Dinner series. Held at St Georges Restaturant, Preston Campus, these events provide excellent opportunities for NMIT Hospitality Apprentices to gain experience with leading Melbourne Chefs. The next Master Chef dinner is on 30 November, ensure you book your place today and join our mailing list by sending an email to ua.ud1500820918e.civ1500820918.timn1500820918@segr1500820918oegts1500820918

Tourism & Hospitality Alumni

NMIT Lecturer in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Charles Eller, is conducting research into the career paths of students who have graduated from hospitality and tourism courses. Charles would welcome the opportunity to talk with both local and international students who have completed an Advanced Diploma of either Hospitality or Tourism. Participation is completely voluntary and the findings remain confidential. Please contact ua.ud1500820918e.tim1500820918n@rel1500820918lesel1500820918rahc1500820918 or phone 9269 1332.

Darebin Homemade Beer and Wine Festival

In May, NMIT partnered with the City of Darebin to present the Darebin Homemade Beer and Wine Festival. Our first year students developed skills in a variety of roles over the 2 days of the event.

Two NMIT Cookery teachers also judged the Passata Competition, which was an inclusion for the first time in 2011.

Success Story – Omar Ali

NMIT graduate Omar Ali took a risk leaving Bangladesh to study hospitality in Melbourne. Luckily it paid off. After finishing the Diploma of Hospitality, he went on to study NMIT's Bachelor of Hospitality Management, graduating top of his class after just 18 months. He's now completing a master's degree at Victoria University. 

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Last Modified: 17th July 2013