Kitchen to the world

"Amazing!" is how two Guilford Young College students described their 10-day cooking extravaganza at the Suan Dusit International Culinary School in Bangkok.

Charlie and Josh recently finished Year 12 at the College and soon after jetted off to Thailand as part of GYC’s Thai Kitchen to the World initiative. Hosted by GYC in 2013 and 2014, Thailand’s leading teaching chefs come to Tasmania for two weeks to give master classes to College students, apprentices and chefs. Then, to spend a week learning from and cooking with them in their home kitchens. 

Thai Kitchen to the World is a collaborative venture between Guilford Young College and the Thai Consul in Tasmania, Mr Abhirat Achalabun, and is supported by the Australia-Thailand Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in conjunction with the Thai Ambassador to Australia. The project was inaugurated in 2013 and this year expanded to include Launceston. Plans are already underway for the 2015 experience.

GYC Principal Mrs Bobby Court said “We named the experience Thai Kitchen to the World so that it might lift students out of their own environment by creating an ongoing, global teaching connection.”

As well as spending the week at the Suan Dusit International Culinary School which is part of the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, the boys met up again with the two chefs who had come to Hobart as part of this year’s Thai Kitchen to the World, Ms Chachaya Raktakanista, director of the culinary school and Mr Supapit Opatvisan, one of its culinary experts. 

We named the experience Thai Kitchen to the World so that it might lift students out of their own environment by creating an ongoing, global teaching connection

Such was the boys’ commitment to the experience that they were in the production kitchens at 6am on two of the days, though the heat ensured frequent visits to the refrigerators. Charlie and Josh also took time to relax and see the sights: the Royal Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Giant Swing, the Floating Markets and the zoo, while the generosity of their hosts ensured they dined out nightly.

However, a highlight of the trip was cooking for a dinner for 18 hosted by the Australian Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Paul Robilliard.  Guests included Thai Iron Chef Chumpol Jangprai and senior management officials from the Wandee Culinary Art School. To show off the skills they had learnt, the boys prepared seared Tasmanian salmon with green mango and an Australian beef Panang curry.

Charlie and Josh will now commence their apprenticeships – Charlie at Capital, in North Hobart and Josh at Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay.

Mrs Court said the College was immensely proud of Charlie and Josh.  “We are very proud of these students. Not only have they grown in their culinary skills but they have lived in another culture and matured through their involvement.”

Kitchen to the world I  Kitchen to the world II  Kitchen to the world III

Charlie and Josh                                    Charlie with Mr Supapit Opatvisan  Josh with Mr Abhirat Achalabun and Mrs Bobby Court