William Blue Executive Chef wins Teacher of the Year Award

William Blue College of Hospitality Management is
proud to announce that one of our lecturers and Program Manager for Commercial Cookery, Jason Hannah, has been named the 2015 Teacher/Trainer of the Year in Commercial Cookery.

Jason received this honour at the Tourism, Hospitality and Catering Institute of Australia Teacher/Trainer of the Year awards in Sydney on 11 November. The national industry awards acknowledge excellence in Vocational Educational and Training (VET) and were open to all trainers currently employed in the VET sector in a Registered Training Organisation in Australia. The committee looked for candidates that excelled in the four parts required in the application, and demonstrated a passion for sharing knowledge with students in the Hospitality and Travel sector.

The Tourism, Hospitality and Catering Institute of Australia lead these awards to recognize training excellence and to promote future pathways of increased vocational education in National the tourism and hospitality industry. The 2015 inaugural awards recognised the high quality of professional trainers and teachers from a wide range of educational establishments in Australia.

With over 25 years’ experience working in the hospitality industry, Jason has been mentoring students at William Blue for the last eight years, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge that he has picked up along the way. Interested in food from an early age, Jason’s passion is in seeing the development of the future leaders of the hospitality industry grow and make their own journey.

In January 2015, William Blue College moved from its humble home in North Sydney to The Rocks, and William Blue Dining, the student training restaurant which is ranked in the top 100 restaurants in Sydney on Trip Advisor, was moved in to the old Rockpool site in The Rocks. Not only was this a new location for the restaurant, it also came with living up to the expectation of the previous tenant, Neil Perry.

Jason was able to re-develop the delivery of the Commercial Cookery program to fit in to the new delivery model at the new location. He continuously manages to write an amazing menu and lead a team of amazing chef lecturers in delivering this menu and ensuring that all the training package requirements are mapped and met.

This year in 2016, the Commercial Cookery course Jason teaches will also be upgraded to include a new qualification which will enable students to graduate as a qualified chef and with business skills to manage or even own their own food or hospitality business.

Jason is currently encouraging excellence through his innovation and management of curriculum, student outcomes, and currency of their skills and knowledge. The best illustration of this is a quote from the “Best Restaurants Australia” review which said “If this is the future of the Australian hospitality industry, then we’re in safe hands.” This is the standard Jason sets in William Blue Dining and engenders this throughout the entire delivery of the Commercial Cookery programs.