Our Staff

Duncan Clarke

Duncan started his hospitality career in the early 1980’s as an Apprentice Chef at Florentino Restaurant in Bourke Street Melbourne.

After completing his apprenticeship in cooking and his trade schooling at Box Hill Institute, he continued working for several years after atFlorentino as a qualified cook, running several sections in the main kitchen.

Duncan decided that he needed a change from the kitchen, but remaining in the industry and leftFlorentino to work at the Hilton on the Park Melbourne, where he worked in the Gallery Restaurantfor several years.

Here Duncan worked his way from the bottom up, but soon after became one of the restaurants senior waiters.

It was then that Duncan left the Hilton to work at the Menzies at Rialto,where he worked for several years as a restaurant supervisor and as the staff training officer.

Duncan was later recruited to work at the newly refurbished Florentino Restaurant, where he worked as a silver service waiter for more than ten years, part of which was working for Guy Grossi, when the restaurant became Grossi Florentino.

During these years, further experience was gained by working for some of Melbourne’s hospitality agencies in corporate catering around Melbourne.

Towards the later part of this time, Duncan started his transition to the teaching sector by working as a sessional hospitality teacher for Melbourne Polytechnic, as well as other TAFE institutes around Melbourne.

He later became one of the ongoing teacher staff and during this time, completed his formal teaching qualifications.

During the past few years, Duncan has been working in the area of workplace training and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) where he has been conducting the training and assessment of trainees and apprentices in their place of work.

This had lead to the building of many strong partnerships and friendships with our Hospitality Industry partners.

Job Title

Hospitality Teacher Workplace Trainer and Assessor