Thai master chef spices up student workshops

01/08/14   pic by Geoff Robson.story by E Baker.Thai Master Class at TASTafe.Top Thai Chef, Supapit Opatvisan taking a class with years eleven and twelve  St.Patricks College students. The head of St.Patricks College vocational education, Maria Bassett, student Kade Jenkins 16, chef  Supapit Opatvisan and student, Isabella Firth 16

01/08/14 pic by Geoff Robson.story by E Baker.Thai Master Class at TASTafe.Top Thai Chef, Supapit Opatvisan taking a class with years eleven and twelve St.Patricks College students. The head of St.Patricks College vocational education, Maria Bassett, student Kade Jenkins 16, chef Supapit Opatvisan and student, Isabella Firth 16

TOP Thai chef Supapit Opatvisan gave Launceston a taste of the best his homeland had to offer at two workshops yesterday.

Apprentice and qualified chefs and students of St Patrick's College and TasTAFE from as far afield as the North-West Coast attended the sessions.

Opatvisan, who works at Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, treated students to demonstrations of how to cook everything from steamed fish mousse to a beef panang curry.

"This was opened up to all of industry," St Patrick's College vocational education head Maria Bassett said.

"It's the second year this has run but the first in Launceston."

She explained the visit came was an initiative of the Thai embassy and Tasmania's independent schools, and labelled it an invaluable experience.

She said the program enabled chefs to create an international network.

"This is opening their eyes to what's out there - we tend to become a bit insular," Ms Bassett said.

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