‘Nothing fancy’ delicious menu theme for 2021 Hospitality Showcase

The new dining reality: Shorter menus and quicker meals have influenced this year’s ‘nothing fancy’ menu theme for Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College 2021 Hospitality Showcase.


Suffice it to say, COVID-19 rained on last year’s restaurant party. Almost a year into what insiders liken to an extinction event for the industry, with hundreds of local restaurants closed during the pandemic, diners are adjusting to the reality of fewer menu choices, briefer dining times, fixed price evenings, advance ordering, and dishes whose looks take a back seat to taste.

“These industry changes have influenced students, and teaching and learning in hospitality subjects at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College,” said the Head of TAS and VET, Ms. Jenny Gurr.

“Currency always influences the way students go about designing the menu for BTAC’s annual hospitality showcase dinner. This year students wanted meals that give a hug, not a challenge,” Ms. Gurr said about the yummy idea behind students' Hospitality Showcase theme ‘nothing fancy’ but delicious.

Nobody orders $58 steaks to go. Therefore, many fancy restaurants blew up their menu during the great pause, explained Ms. Gurr. Fancy food just doesn’t travel well, so many restaurants have stuck with a comfort food theme, and some are using dark kitchens to expand their operations. So, this year’s theme became more rustic.

‘Nothing Fancy’ brings all your favourite comfort food together with delicious choices like Tex Mex Hot Pot Pie, Inside Out Parmigiana, Deconstructed Apple Crumble, and the crowd favourite: Fire Engine Sorbet.

Alumni Ms. Hannah Gunton who won the Hunter Region School-Based Traineeship of the Year Award (Training NSW) in 2020 and is currently undertaking her Chef Apprenticeship at Coal River and Co. was excited for the Year 10, 11, and 12 students. “The Hospitality Showcase exhibited the magnificent educational journey I had studying hospitality at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College. It was a privilege to meet this year’s talent, and see the new Café.”

“The vision for the evening was to celebrate the students’ success and acknowledge their individual journeys as learners and to provide our Parents/Carers, College Partners, Employers, and Teachers the opportunity to recognise and share in their achievements,” said Ms. Tania Lloyd, Head of Secondary School.

The Showcase started at 6.00 pm on Thursday, 27th, and Friday 28th May in the School’s newly renovated Café in Room 34. The evening showcased the technical skills, knowledge, and practical abilities that our students have gained under the guidance of their industry experienced teachers, to provide them opportunities to succeed in a future career in these industries.

“Our students are our biggest assets, and the hospitality industry offers an excellent platform for growing and developing young talent,” said Ms. Gurr.

Tickets on both nights were sold out for the 2021 Hospitality Showcase but take a look at the full ‘Nothing Fancy’ menu here.

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