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NMIT cookery teacher short-listed for publishing award

06 Aug 2010

Great teachers and excellent text books are two major ingredients for high quality training but when you've got a great teacher who has co-authored one of your text books then you're bound to be on a winner.

NMIT cookery students can now put a face to one of the names on their text books after NMIT Cookery teacher, Mark Zelman, has been short-listed for the 2010 Australian Education Publishing Awards.

Mark and co-author, Jason Ford, have been short-listed in the category of 'TAFE and Vocational Education Teaching and Learning Package' for their text book entitled Professional Chef.

Professional Chef is a text book for Certificate III - Commercial Cookery students that is used throughout Australia, including as a reference text by NMIT students. This book focuses on the core cookery units matching all the training package requirements with a lean towards student involvement.

"It features recognised chefs such as George Calombaris and Toby Puttock including their own recipes and industry experience to help students associate with the industry perspective," says Mark. "The writing process helped me become a better teacher and ensure all students are taught every thing they need to survive in the industry."


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