PICCOLO'S on William head chef John Mannion says he is pleased to see that a new commercial cookery course is on the menu locally.
"There is a real shortage of people wanting to become chefs," he said.
A Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, a nationally accredited apprenticeship course, is now on offer at TAFE NSW Bathurst.
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TAFE NSW tourism and hospitality head teacher Dianne Johnson said the course was introduced at TAFE NSW Bathurst because there was a high demand for training locally with a large number of employers and apprentice chefs in the area.
"It's great for local employers and apprentices as it means that they don't need to travel to Orange or Lithgow to complete their training each week," Ms Johnson said.
"We have a great teacher from Lithgow teaching the course, who also works in the industry.
"She is across the latest industry standards and skill requirements."
Mr Mannion, at Piccolo's, said the new cookery course was good news for the industry.
"We have a first year apprentice chef, Lachlan Parsons, currently studying the course at TAFE NSW Bathurst and he is thoroughly enjoying learning the hands-on skills required for a rewarding career as a chef," Mr Mannion said.