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Angliss student prepares for worldskills

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Angliss hospitality student, Mark-Anthony Baini, will be the first Victorian representative in six years to compete in the World Skills Australia National Championship in Restaurant Service in 2021.

Mark-Anthony is currently upskilling with the support of expert hospitality teachers and will be one of seven students from across Australia competing in Perth.

The competition has three exhaustive sessions incorporating casual café dining, fine dining, and a bar, afternoon tea service and skills rotation.

Teacher Tim Haronga said there will also be other specialist skills including creation and service of cocktails and mocktails, fruit carving, table setting, wine decanting and 'blind' identification and familiarisation of spirits, liqueurs and wine.

"The fine dining component carries the most weight in terms of marks and the idea is to be serenely elegant in all parts of the service. Both entree and main course will involve gueridon service.

"We thought Mark-Anthony displayed great personality and charisma to make the most of this opportunity," Tim said.

Mark-Anthony will graduate with his Diploma of Hospitality Management from William Angliss Institute in 2020.

Currently working at 'HQ on William' - Radisson Hotel, Mark-Anthony began his career in hospitality to gather community-based experience in support of his previous career ambitions to study in the criminal justice system.

However, he developed a great love for this industry and began his study in Hospitality Management to gain a more in-depth knowledge of the skills required to be a hospitality professional.

"One day I would love to own my own restaurant reflecting my Lebanese heritage.

"This competition is very exciting and it has been great to get the opportunity to work closely with my teachers and perfect my skills to be my best," he said.