Surely you remember the cult classic Iron Chef? THE battle royale of the top chefs of cuisine from around the world – the ‘invincible men of culinary skills.’ Well, a mini-version of the ‘theme-ingredient-pressurised-cooking-challenge-extraordinaire’ is coming to a TAFE Queensland campus (relatively) close to you!
Iron Chef Sakai, one of Japan’s top chefs and TAFE Queensland’s honorary Culinary Ambassador to Japan, has once again visited Queensland to share his washoku secrets.
Combining sophistication and simplicity, the beautiful and the unpretentious – washoku, literally means the food of Japan. To prepare it – you need great skill.
Later this year, TAFE Queensland’s Cairns, Townsville and the Whitsundays campuses will be transformed into culinary battlegrounds - Kitchen Stadiums - and our apprentices will battle it out for the honour to work with Chef Sakai on an all-expenses paid, week-long work experience opportunity in one of Chef Sakai’s La Rochelle restaurants in Japan.
Who will gain the people’s ovation and fame? Only the best.
Iron Chef Sakai led a cooking demonstration to promote the opportunity to students on 14 May 2018. The secret ingredient? Barramundi. A very very large locally caught wild barramundi. The dish also included mussels and pipis. #yum
During the demonstration Iron Chef Sakai joked that it was his first time cooking such a big barramundi.
“I’m getting old now so I’ll need some strength to cut through the heads and bones,” he said.
In his time as Iron Chef, Chef Sakai won an impressive 70 competitions in the Iron Chef "Kitchen Stadium".
The events are aimed at showcasing the excellent facilities and extremely high standards of our Commercial Cookery program and are a celebration of Queensland’s important partnership with Japan.
Not only does TAFE Queensland deliver training to a number of Japanese students every year, the organisation also hosts a range of Study Tours and Professional Visits and Outbound Mobility tours for local students to travel to Japan.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the upcoming Battle Royale (in August), or our international programs and partnerships, contact us.