7 September 2022

Pitmaster to fire up summer with sizzling new barbecue course

| Katrina Condie
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Renowned pitmaster Adam Roberts will offer hands-on barbecue skills as part of a unique new TAFE NSW short course. Photo: TAFE NSW.

As the weather warms up, TAFE NSW is running a course to help outdoor cooks “up the steaks” when it comes to barbecuing this summer.

Hosted by renowned barbecue champion and author Adam Roberts, the new Barbecue Pitmastery Masterclass offers tips and techniques to get the most out of “cooking with fire”.

The first-ever course comes amid a surge in popularity in “low ‘n’ slow” smokers and grills in Australia in recent years.

More than 18 million Aussies now have a barbecue in their home and American-style barbecuing is the fastest-growing part of the sector.

The TAFE NSW course, to be delivered entirely online and able to be completed at students’ own pace, is aimed at those new to this form of cooking and includes units covering simple techniques, different cuts of meat, types of barbecues and the ideal fuel to use.

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A special “one-stop shop” website will also be available, featuring video tutorials, recipes and other useful links.

Mr Roberts, who directed and narrated the internationally awarded documentary Beyond the Flame, said he was honoured to partner with Australia’s largest training organisation to share his passion for smokers, grills and specialist cookers through the course.

“It’s all about sharing my love for food, friendship and culture with others and helping them learn new skills and then share that with others,” Mr Roberts said.

“This course will give participants a baseline knowledge of cooking great food over fire and is a great starting point for those just dipping their toe in the water for the first time.

“Harnessing the reach of TAFE NSW will ensure more people are able to get the hands-on, practical skills to learn the art of perfect grilling and smoking.”

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TAFE Digital executive director Lyn Rickard said the new course highlighted the responsiveness of TAFE NSW in addressing the changing skills needs of the community.

“The Barbecue Pitmastery Masterclass is a powerful example of how TAFE NSW offers flexibility and industry-led, cutting-edge training to ensure students gain the skills they need,” Ms Rickard said.

“Whether it’s learning the skills to launch a new career or simply pursuing something you’re passionate about, TAFE NSW has a wide range of online and face-to-face courses to suit your aspirations.”

To enrol in or learn more about the Barbecue Pitmastery Masterclass, call 131 601 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au/bbq.

Original Article published by Katrina Condie on Region Riverina.

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