Our Teachers

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Alison Taafe

Director & Training Manager

 

Alison Taafe is a well renowned professional chef and an award-winning teacher of professional cookery. British by birth, she trained at the highly prestigious Westminster Hotel School in London. After the rigorous training she received there, she travelled and worked her way around the world working under Michelin star chefs and in some of the best kitchens and restaurants. She has cooked for movie starts, pop stars, sporting greats and more importantly royalty, namely Queen Elizabeth II and two US Presidents both Reagan and Bush Snr along the way. Alison eventually made her home in Australia in 1988. She began her professional teaching career in 1996 and in 2004, Alison was the first ever chef to win a prestigious Churchill Fellowship, which was a great honour.

 

Alison claimed a further award, namely, Outstanding Educator in 2006. She is the one of the founders and Directors of the ‘ICE’, The Institute of Culinary Excellence, which opened in 2014 and continues to go from strength to strength. Alison is a published author of 3 cookbooks and has made many appearances on TV. She is a dynamic, passionate and motivated chef and teacher who spends her life constantly striving to share her vast knowledge of food with all her students to help them become the very best chefs they can be.

 

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Mark Kujawa

Teacher & RPL Coordinator

 

Mark Kujawa is a “World Champion” competition winning qualified chef, with over 25 years of food industry experience. He has worked around the world before coming back home to Australia and basing himself on the Gold Coast.

 

After finishing his apprenticeship, he used his career as a traveling tool. Being a chef has taken him around the world to Paris, Spain, England, Greece, USA, Europe, Germany and South Stradbroke Island – just to mention a few.

 

Mark is an exceptionally gifted teacher who is entertaining, enthralling and motivating in each of his classes. One of Mark’s greatest passions is working with young teenagers. Having been a chef for over 24 years, he has devoted his life to seeing young people leave their past, and push into their future, taking hold of every opportunity, impacting their community and doing amazing things with their lives.

 

Our Assessors

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Sean Clarke

Workplace Assessor

 

Sean Clarke is an industry veteran with over 25 years experience across all types of venues from cafes to five star hotels and everything in between. Sean was the head chef of the COTAH Training Restaurant at Southbank Institute of Technology before becoming Restaurant and Retail Operations Manager, where he oversaw the operation of the training cafe, bistro and restaurant.

 

After a return to industry as Catering Operations Manager and Head Chef at Brisbane’s iconic Tivoli feeding rock stars and running large corporate events, Sean established his own hospitality consultancy business helping people plan and open their own cafes and restaurants.

 

Sean’s extensive industry knowledge and practical experience as a working chef has made him the perfect fit as our Workplace Assessor and Trainer of our RPL programs