Students get a taste of chef life | PHOTOS

Students from Samaritan College learned from one of Whyalla's finest chefs as part of their Home Economics studies on Monday.

Chef Ben Sharp returned to the kitchen that he designed to teach the Year 10 students how to make a club sandwich, giving them some hands-on experience in the kitchen.

Ben currently runs the Adelaide Institute of Hospitality for Whyalla business Career Employment Group, and is engaging with students through the government's VET in Schools policy.

"We did an Immersion Day, we did an online unit of nationally-accredited course ... we're doing a sandwich block and a club sandwich, as well as service style and safety," he said.

"We're planting the seed with them so they can get engaged...they are some great kids."

For Ben, cooking "saved him" by allowing him to travel around the world and led him to falling in love with hospitality. He moved to Whyalla in 2002 and helped make the Samaritan College kitchen become a reality.

"These kids are going to uni, so we will help them get the qualifications so they can make some coin while they're down in Adelaide," he said.

"Some of them don't think of hospitality as a career path."

The traineeships afford students the ability to do some of the VET course online, servicing areas like Whyalla and Roxby Downs.

"I always wanted to come back to Whyalla, we've got 45 schools engaged in Adelaide but the Whyalla kids are still the best I get to teach," Ben said.

Hospitality Teacher Bec Clark said the training helped show students that Hospitality was more about food and nutrition, and was great preparation for Year 11 and 12 SACE.

"It's been great to have Ben come back and teach the students," she said.

"The club sandwich is something that's basic but is also on a lot of menus...it's been really engaging for the kids, they've been able to learn the tricks of the trade."