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USP’s Pacific Fusion Restaurant gains popularity

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Hospitality students during the USP Council Dinner last year.

The Pacific Fusion Restaurant has received special commendation from guests for the services provided by Cookery and Hospitality students as part of their training.

A fully licensed training restaurant facility operated by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) and Australia - Pacific Technical College (APTC); the Pacific Fusion Restaurant facilitates training as part of phase two of the course each semester, which is the operation of morning tea and lunch services at the restaurant.

Both internal and external stakeholders have provided excellent feedback about the services provided by the Cookery and Hospitality students.

Professor Raghuvar Pathak, Head of School of the Graduate School of Business (GSB), who in October 2016 held a celebratory dinner at the Pacific Fusion Restaurant, said the event was an important occasion for GSB and the Cookery and Hospitality programme students provided outstanding service during the event.

“The quality of food was top notch. Everything from starters, to dessert was excellent. It not only impressed us but our guests also. We would like to thank the team and friendly staff of the Pacific Fusion Restaurant for a wonderful service,” Professor Pathak said.

Ms Luisa Matanisiga, Food and Beverage Training Manager at the Grand Pacific Hotel said that the students performed very well at the hotel and played an integral part in the preparations leading up to an important event hosted at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

“Every task that was assigned to them was carried out quickly and without hesitation. The fact that many of the students were able to serve drinks and clear food were a definite bonus as at times they were asked to assist the senior staff where help was needed,” Ms Matanisiga said.

One of the biggest events hosted at Laucala Campus by Pacific TAFE was USP Council Dinner in November 2016 at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies. With a VIP guest list that included the University’s Chancellor, Honourable Henry Puna, Pro-Chancellor, Mr Winston Thompson, Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, Education Ministers from USP’s twelve (12) member countries and senior officers of the Fijian Government, it was an excellent opportunity to showcase the Hospitality and Culinary programmes’ standards as the students prepared and served executive, senior members and partners of the University. 

Pacific TAFE Director, Mr Hasmukh Lal said that students and staff of the restaurant received accolades from distinguished guests during the USP Council Dinner, and added that this is testament to the effective learning and teaching standards at Pacific TAFE.

“I thank the Coordinator Tourism and Hospitality programmes, Mr Pasirio Kitione and his team in ensuring that the best standards of training delivery are provided for our students and to our industry partners on behalf of Pacific TAFE and USP,” Mr Lal said.

The hospitality and cookery programmes have access to a strong support network within USP and from key stakeholders like industry professionals are part Industry Programme Advisory Committees.

As part of their training at Pacific Fusion Restaurant, the students are involved in real time hospitality service and cookery activities every week, each semester.

During this training, students get hands on experience with the Food and Beverage service standards and enhance their learning experience to be the best fit for the Hospitality Industry. This in turn, creates an added advantage for the students as they have already attained required exposure prior to joining the Industry.

Mr Lal said that both programmes are internationally accredited which indicates highest quality of  Commercial Cookery and Hospitality graduates from USP’s Pacific TAFE. We have roadshows around the country if interested students wants to find out information on their 2017 studies in this field.

The Pacific Fusion Restaurant is now open for morning tea and lunch service provided by Pacific TAFE’s Hospitality and Cookery students, as part of gaining increased level of practical skills. 

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