Highly respected stalwarts of the Australian hospitality industry are stepping up as mentors for the first round of the all-new Women in Hospitality (WOHO) program being launched at Colin Fassnidge’s Banksia Bistro on 25 September.
The starting round of mentors are industry giant and culinary ambassador Christine Manfield, chefs Jemma Whiteman (Good Luck Pinbone), Danielle Alvarez (Fred's), O Tama Carey (Sri Lankan Filling Station) and wine journalist Mike Bennie. Over the course of the program, mentors will share their experiences being mentored and mentoring during their own careers.
It is the first event to launch the mentoring initiative for WOHO, a not-for-profit organisation supporting women in all facets of the hospitality industry – restaurateurs, chefs, waiters, sommeliers and business managers – and across various stages of their careers.
"Part of the pleasure of cooking for me is being surrounded by others who are equally excited about food, knowledgeable in their own right or eager to learn”, says Carey. “Being able to nurture and mentor these qualities in someone is a great joy."
Each round of mentoring goes for three months, with mentees given a minimum of 18 hours one-on-one contact with their mentor, giving them an opportunity to learn from and gain hands-on experience with some of the most experienced professionals in the industry.
The mentoring program is open to women in hospitality at all stages of their career. The first round will be chef and wine focused, with the program moving to the broader industry in subsequent rounds, including an opportunity to undertake a brewing scholarship provided by Young Henry's at TAFE.
WOHO board member Jane Strode, a long-standing mentor for the Tasting Success program at TAFE, will manage the program along with the rest of the WOHO board to ensure applicants are matched with the most suitable mentors.
Jane said the WOHO mentorship program would pair up-and-comers with established members of the hospitality industry in a relaxed, tailored way that works best for each duo.
“We are focusing on creating shared experiences that make the passing on of knowledge a treat for all involved. By bringing like-minded hospitality workers at different stages of their careers together we are hoping to make what can be a tough industry that little bit easier,” she said.
“I had the privilege of being mentored by pastry chef Lorraine Godsmark earlier in my career who taught me how to successfully navigate the pressures and personalities that come hand in hand with any good restaurant,” she says. “Twenty or so years later I can still hear her words when I am training my own new staff members. To be on the other side and to be able to give back is especially gratifying.”
Guests will not only be treated to a wealth of knowledge on the evening, but also the chance to sample some of Banksia Bistro’s menu, with substantial canapés being offered, including:
Suckling pig sausage rolls
Crab and cos
Crostini beef tartare
Three cheese croquettes
Kingfish, lime and watermelon
Chicken liver parfait on toast
Beverages by Young Henry's, Usher Tinkler, Margan Estate and Santa Vittoria.
Launch event details:
When: September 25, 2017
Where: Banksia Bistro, 288 Princes Hwy, Banksia
Cost: $30 members /$40 non-members
Tickets can be purchased via www.womeninhospitality.org/events