Cambridge International College - Vocational Training

Alexander’s culinary journey begins at CIC

Cambridge International College’s (CIC) Vocational Training campus in Perth helps students develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge they need for career paths that require a more hands-on approach to education and training.

Alexander Franco, from Peru, decided to make a career change at the age of 29, after talking to Mark Sainsbury, executive chef at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, who told him to not be afraid to start over. Shortly after, Alexander enrolled into CIC’s Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

So far, Alexander’s new career path has been an exciting yet challenging learning experience, with real-life practical experience available, he explains.

“The opportunity that Cambridge gives us to practice in a real kitchen can be challenging, especially for those who have never stepped into a professional kitchen,” he said.

“I can still remember my first day at PCEC [the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre]. The kitchen was massive, as big as a soccer field.  Our instructor, Glenn, conducted an orientation and many of us got lost in the facilities as everything was so big and new to us. More importantly, the feeling that I got that day was that there were so many chefs with unique responsibilities working around us. The sounds of the knives knocking the chopping boards and witnessing the executive chef Richard dancing in front of the students trying to break the ice, made me realise that this is the environment that I belong to.”

Alexander chose to study in Australia as “restaurants in Australia offer a variety of food representing the variety of cultures [the country has] and the fusion of many [cuisines].”

For him, studying at CIC was the right decision. “The student experience is amazing as we are learning from international chefs who have so much to offer from each of their cultures. It is indeed a great pleasure learning and contributing to this amazing experience. I am very grateful to Cambridge International College for providing me with this incredible experience to enable me to continue on my culinary journey.”

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