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Patisserie students grow their skills on Japan study tour

Holmesglen students have taken their culinary passions to the Land of the Rising Sun for a study tour.

The group, comprised of patisserie students and hospitality staff, travelled to Tokyo for a week-long visit. The study tour gave students an invaluable opportunity to complete overseas work placement and visit internationally-renowned hospitality organisations.

A key part of the visit was the chance for students to complete work placements. Six students and one staff member were placed at Tokyo's Hyatt Regency, working across three of the hotel's kitchens, The Jade Garden, Michel Troisgros (a Michelin star French restaurant) and a pastry kitchen. Another six students were placed at up-market chocolate shop Theobroma.

"It was a huge cultural eye opener, serving in a largely non-English speaking country. The food was amazing, in particular trying all of the local delicacies and learning the history behind the tea ceremony. A highlight of the trip was our placement at the Michelin-star restaurant," said hospitality teacher, Erica Mendes.

Students also gained important learning opportunities, specifically regarding food cultures and practices.

"The no food waste culture that we observed over there is so important to sustainability in today's world," said Erica.

The group was also able to visit historic sites in the region, including in the Asakusa, Shibuya and Ginza areas. Students witnessed landmarks such as the Imperial Palace and the Meiji Jingu Shrine.

The Japan visit continues Holmesglen's commitment to providing international experiences to students while studying. Study tours and community projects over the last 12 months have included visits to Cambodia, USA, Fiji and China.

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