The taster days give hands-on, real-life experience and a ‘taste’ of various programme areas available at NMIT.
As part of a cookery taster session students worked in teams, which they named the ‘Cool as Cooks’, ‘Italian Drama Queens’, ‘Soup warriors’ and ‘Rice Lovers’.
During the two-hour taster session in the kitchen they processed food donated to the charitable organisation Kai with Love to produce several containers of soup.
Later in the week students from Nelson Training Centre Level 2 and the Marlborough Level 2 Hospitality course also produced 500 litres, and the Level 4 Cookery students finished the job.
A total of 1400 litres of soup was processed, cooked and labelled Made with Love by Te Pūkenga NMIT before being packed in to banana boxes for collection. It will be distributed by the food bank charity to anyone needing support in the Nelson Tasman region.
Cookery tutor Chris Fortune says the ongoing relationship with Kai with Love is a great example of sustainable community support. He says the students not only learn useful skills but take real pleasure and pride in making something that will be so appreciated.