MasterChef master class for CQU students
STANDING at the centre of a bustling kitchen, MasterChef runner-up Laura Cassai explains why she had brought her culinary flair to Rockhampton yesterday.
The 2014 television contestant was met by more than 20 fresh-faced future chefs at Willby's Training Restaurant on the Rockhampton CQUniversity city campus.
The 20-year-old was there to conduct a free cooking demonstration for the students, and any members of the public who wished to attend.
Laura said she wanted to let them in on the positives of the hospitality industry.
"It is really hard, but I want to let them know how rewarding it is," she said.
"I am hoping people stay in the industry; it is one of the toughest industries at the moment... I encourage them to stay and work in restaurants in Australia and across the world."
Laura, who was once studying education at university, said she loved teaching others.
One of her students, Letichia Brown, said she was already inspired by Laura's early success.
"I am looking forward to learning new things," she said. "She is obviously very passionate about what she does; it really excites you and makes you want to do it yourself."
Commercial cookery teacher Tim Wade said Laura's polished presentation had restored his faith in the industry.