Burnie High School

A taste of things to come


POT LUCK:  Burnie High School students ham it up with chef Ben Milbourne after filming of an episode of his cooking show, Ben's Menu, at the school.  Picture:  Naomi Fenton, Produce to the People. 

Burnie High School students will become celebrities today as they fine-tune their culinary skills in front of half a million viewers. 

Former MasterChef contestant Ben Milbourne filmed an episode of Network Ten's Ben's Menu at the school in July.

Several lucky students were selected to take part in the full day of filming.

Budding young hospitality workers and cameramen received first hand experience of their dream careers.

Louis Groves, 15, aspires to work behind a camera. 

"It was such a cool experience.  We normally use $400 worth of equipment and we were working with a $280,000 camera," Mr Groves said. 

The year nine students picked a selection of produce from their farm at the school and then prepared it in the school's kitchen.

Mr Milbourne provided each student with one-on-one support during their cooking lesson.

Fifteen-year-old Jaz Bragg said the vegetables she picked, cooked and prepared tasted delicious. 

"It was a very nerve-wracking experience," she said.

"I will be really cool to see how a full day of filming comes together in a 30 minute episode."

Burnie High works in conjunction with Produce to the People (PTTP) on two acres of land behind the school.

PTTP founder Penelope Dodd said the program ensured the most vulnerable people had access to fresh produce.

"The more produce we can get our hands on, the better it is for the community," Ms Dodd said.

Mr Milbourne said the relationship between the school and Produce to the People was an example of the strong community spirit.

"Burnie High School has a great kitchen, so once we had our produce we held a cooking class.  The students put together dishes they had come up with which showcases the produce from the farm," Mr Milbourne said.

"It's also great coverage for the school and the program; it reaffirms the idea of charity and community solutions solving community problems."

Story by Rachel Cocard, The Advocate.